KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 8, 2019) — The American Red Cross is once again teaming up with the family of Bridget Kurz for the 10th consecutive year to host a blood drive in her memory Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 716 E. Washington, in Kirksville.
Bridget had a smile that could light up a room and she loved her family and friends. She was dedicated to the patients and families at St Louis Children’s Hospital, where she was a pediatric nurse. In 2010, at the age of 24, Bridget passed away following a car accident and subsequent surgery. She received blood transfusions in an attempt to save her life, and her sister Mindy Caldwell cited that as one reason the family hosts an annual blood drive in her memory. More than 330 donations have been collected in the previous nine years.
“Bridget always strived to support those in need,” said Mindy. “This truly is a great way to keep her memory alive, and for our family to share that giving spirit with others who need blood donations.”
Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code BridgetKurz, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.