American Red Cross blood drive in memory of St. Louis area child
Benjamin Schrieber died of anemia
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (Jan. 28, 2012) – The Kirkwood and Webster Groves communities are invited to honor the memory of little Benjamin “Pounder” Schrieber by giving blood at the Benjamin Schrieber Memorial Blood Drive on Feb. 10. Benjamin was 18 months old when he died of Fanconi anemia. This Feb. 14 would have marked his fifth birthday.
Benjamin received a bone marrow transplant when he was 1, and received almost daily blood and platelet transfusions during his last nine weeks in the hospital. Benjamin’s parents, Beth and Ben Schrieber, said the blood drive in his memory is one way of helping others, the way blood donors tried to help Benjamin.
“We want to pay forward all that was given to Benjamin during his time of need and to continue to keep his light shining,” the Schriebers said.
Benjamin Schrieber Memorial Blood Drive
Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church
505 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Mo.
Blood collected at the Benjamin Schrieber Memorial Blood Drive may help many patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. The blood drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross as blood donations typically decline during the winter months.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.