KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 19, 2018) — The American Red Cross is once again teaming up with the family of Bridget Kurz for the ninth consecutive year to host a blood drive in her memory Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 716 E. Washington, in Kirksville.
Bridget was only 24 years old when she tragically passed away following a car accident and surgery in 2010. She received blood transfusions in an attempt to save her life, and her sister Mindy Kurz cited that as one reason the family chooses to host an annual, memorial blood drive. Over 300 units of blood have been collected in the previous eight years.
“We are so grateful to the entire community for the past success we have had at this blood drive,” said Mindy. “Bridget always strived to support those in need. This 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
To makes an appointment for this drive, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code BridgetKurz, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.