RICHMOND, Ind. (April 18, 2019) — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Andrew Clark at a special American Red Cross blood drive Sunday, April 28, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Richmond.
Andrew Clark was known for his big personality and big heart. “Go big or go home,” was his motto. Sadly, he passed away due to injuries from an auto accident in 2015. He would have been 50 years old on April 11. He loved golf, soccer, fishing and above all his family and friends. Andrew attended Richmond public schools and later graduated with a degree in philosophy from Hope College. In 1995 he went to work at North American Forest Products where he rose to the rank of Chief Operating Officer.
Andrew’s family invites the community to give blood in celebration of his life, and to also help others who may need transfusions.
“April 11 would have been his 50th birthday,” said Alison Zajdel, Andrew’s sister. “We want to do something positive to celebrate his life.”
“There are so many reasons why someone may need blood that we don’t even realize,” said Sally Fox, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “We take for granted that blood will be there at the hospital when we need it, but it can only come from generous volunteer donors. Giving blood in Andrew’s name is a wonderful way to remember him and potentially help others.”
The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals nationwide. In Indiana alone, the Red Cross needs about 450 donors each day to support patients at 80 hospitals across the state. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
Blood drive in memory of Andrew Clark
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Noon – 4:30 p.m.
First English Lutheran Church
2727 E. Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374
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 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.