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Donate Blood in Memory of Jason Archer and Donate a Toy for a Warren County Child

Tennessee Valley

December 1, 2011
 

Seventh Annual Spencer Lively Blood Drive

“The Choking Game” took the 17-year-old’s life in December 2003

 

(Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 1, 2011)

 

Spencer’s love of community service and excitement about blood donation is the reason Cathy Moore chooses to honor her son’s memory with an annual blood drive.

 

“He gave blood for the first time two months before he died.  He ate a big breakfast to prepare.  He was really excited about giving blood and giving back to the community,” said Moore.

 

The 17-year-old high school junior was working toward his Eagle Scout badge and looking forward to a summer school music internship when he died.  Spencer accidentally choked himself to death, a practice known as “the choking game.”

 

“He was an awesome kid.  He was outgoing, musically talented, intelligent and a friend to all,” says Moore.  “I only gave blood once before Spencer passed away.  Now I give blood as often as possible.  I want everyone to do their part.  It takes a short time and you can help save lives.”

 

You are invited to give blood at the Seventh Annual Spencer Lively Blood Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the McMinnville Civic Center located at 500 Garfield St. in McMinnville. 

 

All presenting donor receive a holiday inspired long-sleeved shirt.  You are also invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Warren County Rescue Squad Toy Drive.

 

“We are helping 750 children in Warren County, on average,” said Fred Hillis, Director, Warren County Rescue Squad.  “In addition to the blood drive, you can drop off a toy at the Rescue Squad on Sparta Street through Dec. 17.”

 

It only takes about an hour to donate blood.  In that hour, you can unwrap a lifetime of memories for hospital patients in your community and across the country.  The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays.  By taking time to donate this winter, you can help the Red Cross ensure a stable blood supply for all patients who need blood products.

 

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative.  Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

 

In addition, the Red Cross is proud to present “The Perfect Gift,” a video highlighting the importance of blood donation.  We hope it inspires you this holiday season and beyond.  To view “The Perfect Gift,” log on to redcrossblood.org.

 

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. 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 18 and younger. 

 

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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.