Annual Blood drive to be held in Kirksville, Mo. in memory of Bridget Kurz
Kurz died following 2010 crash
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 30, 2013) – The family of a local woman who died following a car accident in 2010 is once again joining the American Red Cross in inviting the Kirksville community to honor her life by giving blood in her memory.
On Nov. 16, the family of Bridget Kurz and the Red Cross invite the community to give blood during the fourth annual Bridget Kurz Memorial Blood Drive. Kurz was 24 when she died following a car accident and subsequent surgery. She received blood transfusions in an attempt to save her life, and sister Mindy Kurz cited that as one reason the family chooses to host an annual memorial blood drive.
“Holding this blood drive lets us feel like we are giving back to those who have helped us,” she said.
Mindy described Bridget as someone who always strived to support those in need, and the family wants to share that giving spirit with others.
“Bridget always wanted to help others, and if this blood drive helps us to help others, it is worth it,” Mindy said.
Annual Bridget Kurz Memorial Blood Drive
Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mary Immaculate Church
716 E. Washington in Kirksville, Mo.
Blood collected at the Bridget Kurz Memorial Blood Drive can help a variety of patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and others. All blood types are needed.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.