COLUMBIA, Mo. – The American Red Cross will once again partner up with the family and friends of Logan Allen for a blood drive in his memory on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Knox County Community Center. Allen was just 15 years old when he died in 2013 as a result of an accidental gunshot wound.
The Allen family will be joined by the Knox County Community Center and the Knox County FFA (Future Farmers of America) in hosting the blood drive at the community center. Allen was a member of the FFA and was active in sports and shop classes at Knox County R-1 High School.
Donate Blood in Memory of Logan Allen
Monday, Nov. 10
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Knox County Community Center
207 N. 4th St. in Edina
To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org
Blood donated at the Logan Allen Memorial Blood Drive can help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims, premature babies and others. Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore, more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood supply is sufficient through the winter months.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.