Marceline community encouraged to give blood during critical time
MARCELINE, Mo. —The community is once again invited to give blood in memory of Zach Cupp at a special American Red Cross blood drive with family and friends and Marceline Fire and Rescue on Saturday, Aug., 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walsworth Community Center, 124 E. Richie Ave., Marceline.
Zach was 17 years old when he was killed in a car accident in August 2012. Zach received several pints of blood during surgery after the crash. Zach’s parents, Matt and Laurie Cupp, hope the annual blood drive in his memory inspires others to donate products for patients in need.
“This is truly one way we can give back to the community and show our appreciation to those who have been there to help us,” said Matt Cupp, Zach’s father. “We are delighted when people come out and generously help others in need by donating blood in Zach’s memory.”
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org sponsor code MarcelineFireDept. In addition, they can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
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.
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.