American Red Cross Blood Drive to be held in honor of Jim Moore
Jim Moore, former American Red Cross employee and local resident, was known for his giving spirit and random acts of kindness. On June 4, blood donors will be able to return the favor by giving the gift of life in Moore’s honor at an American Red Cross blood drive at Bethel Baptist Church, 1250 Monks Avenue, Mankato, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
“Jimmy was a regular blood donor and it was another way for him to help people he didn’t even know,” said his mother Darla Moore. “He chose to work for the American Red Cross because he felt he was helping make positive changes in the world by helping others. He died in November 2011 at the age of 38 from bile duct cancer, but in his short lifetime he made a huge impact on others. He was always trying to do special things for people and he never realized how much his kindness was appreciated,” said Moore.
“It’s so fitting that we are remembering Jim by having a blood drive in his honor,” said Deb Anderson, Red Cross collections supervisor. “Before he passed away, Jim gave his fellow employees dog tags that were engraved with ‘Remember Me’ on them. He truly believed in the mission of the Red Cross and found joy in helping people,” said Anderson.
“Jim was just one of those guys everyone loved,” said Rob Halvorson, Red Cross collections team supervisor. “He was a gentle soul and had a very giving spirit. He reached out to people in a special way. I just want to thank him for being the person he was.”
Currently, all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.
Make a Blood Donation Appointment
June 4, 2012, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Bethel Baptist Church
1250 Monks Avenue, Mankato
Appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.
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 more than 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.