Family of Shooting Victim Plans Blood Drive
Aaron Hefner’s Family “Wants to Give Back”
(St. Louis, MO, Aug. 2, 2011)
Thoughts of a joyous holiday season for one St. Louis family were destroyed in December, 2010 when 20 year old Aaron Hefner was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion, yet the family is now turning that grief into hope of helping save the lives of others.
The family of Aaron Hefner is joining the American Red Cross in holding a blood drive in Aaron’s memory on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bishop Dubourg High School, 5850 Eichelberger St., in St. Louis.
Aaron was shot in a St. Louis apartment on Dec. 16, 2010, and while efforts were made to save his life at a hospital, they, unfortunately, proved unsuccessful. Those efforts included transfusing blood and other fluids into Aaron’s body, a strategy that left Aaron’s organs unsuitable for donation after his death.
“We wanted to donate his organs, but couldn’t,” Aaron’s mother Barb Hefner says. “We thought this (blood drive) would be one way to give back to the community in his honor. We wanted something good to come out of the tragedy of his death. He always enjoyed helping others, and now he still can.”
The blood drive in memory of Aaron comes at a time when the Red Cross is seeing a critical shortage in blood supplies across the nation. In May and June, blood donations nationwide were at the lowest level the Red Cross has seen during this timeframe in over 12 years.
The Hefner family and blood drive volunteers hope to collect 100 units of blood during the drive. Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, 300 people could be impacted. Anyone who would like to schedule an appointment to donate at the drive can call Barb Hefner at (314) 645-1150.
Those who attempt to donate will be automatically entered into a weekly drawing to win a $250 gas card as part of the Red Cross Be Extraordinary campaign. Through Sept. 5, presenting donors at all Red Cross blood drives and donation centers will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $250 card. Presenting donors during the Labor Day holiday weekend will be entered to win a $1,000 gas card. In addition, those who attempt to donate at Red Cross blood drives and donation centers in the St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Illinois areas will have the chance to purchase discounted St. Louis Rams football tickets.
How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.