OWENSVILLE, Mo. (Sept. 14, 2020) — The American Red Cross is once again partnering with family and friends of Addison Sawyer Floyd to host a blood drive in her memory Thursday, Oct.1 from noon to 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 404 S. First St., in Owensville.
Addison was a happy and spirited little girl who loved to dance. In November 2017, she was diagnosed with a difused midline glioma of the brain. After surgery to remove a malignant tumor, she received blood products, including platelets, as part of her treatment. Addison passed away five months later at the age of four.
Last year, her family hosted an inaugural blood drive in her memory as a way to give back to the community and raise awareness for childhood cancer. 103 blood donations were collected, and Addison’s mother, Jennifer Floyd, hopes to reach the century mark again this year.
“We had such a wonderful outpouring of donors last year and we look forward to another successful blood drive,” said Jennifer. “This is a way for us to help others who are facing similar situations to Addison’s, and a way to honor her memory.”
The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give blood in support of kids fighting cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses. The Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross encourages healthy individuals to schedule and keep blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply for patients throughout this coronavirus pandemic. All donors are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Blood drive safety precautions
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, schedule online, call 1-800-RED CROSS 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.
Blood and platelet 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.