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Blood drive to honor memory of Benicia resident

Northern California Blood Services Region

July 17, 2014


Blood drive to honor memory of Benicia resident

All blood types needed – especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative


OAKLAND, Ca (July 17, 2014) —Family and friends of Maxwell “Max” Taylor will gather together to hold a blood drive in his memory on Thursday, July 24.The American Red Cross will host the blood drive at the Benicia Lutheran Church, 201 Raymond St., 2:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. next week.

Taylor grew up in Benicia, graduating from Benicia High School in 2007. He graduated with degrees in Art History and English at San Francisco State University. Taylor planned to go to graduate school, but his plans changed after meeting Tadashi Tsuschida, co-author of the book, “No Lunch, No Money, no Rice: The Pursuit of Education in Asia.”

“Max was so touched by the effort it takes for many people in Asia to obtain an education, he decided to move to Cambodia, and teach English to these people, from children to adults who wanted to improve their lives and the lives of their family members,” said  Rhonda Taylor, Max’s mother. “He chose Cambodia because he felt he would make the biggest difference in this country. Those who learn English can often move into positions in the tourist industry and beyond, where they can earn a better living and send their own children to school.”

Taylor died in April following an accident in Cambodia. He was interned at the Benicia City Cemetery.

Julia Tyree knew Taylor from the youth group at Benicia Lutheran Church and decided to coordinate this blood drive in his honor after learning about the need for blood.  “I wasn’t able to attend Max’s memorial, but I wanted to do something special to remember him,” said Tyree. 

The blood drive is open to the public and the Red Cross encourages donors to sign up in advance. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit (enter sponsor code: benicia).

Taylor’s parents are also collecting donations at the blood drive to purchase English language textbooks for children in Phomn Penh Cambodia. “Following Max’s death, we decided we wanted to continue to help these people he loved be able to learn English and improve their lives,” said Rhonda Taylor. “One hundred percent of the funds collected go directly to the purchase of the books as my husband and I are covering all administrative cost.”

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 consent 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.