American Red Cross hosting blood drive in memory of local DJ

August 15, 2013

SEARCY, Ark. --- Blood donations can help save victims’ lives following traumatic accidents and chronic illnesses. On Aug. 22, a blood drive to collect those lifesaving donations is being held in memory of Searcy resident Sidney “Sid” Jackson.

Jackson, 37, was killed in a car accident in February when a truck collided with his vehicle. He was a well-known local DJ, community volunteer and former radio personality. Family and friends describe him as a man who never met a stranger. Now, they’re encouraging people to donate in his memory in hopes of helping others.

“Sid was a very close friend. He had a zeal for life, an infectious smile and a way of connecting with people like no one I’ve ever seen. He was known and loved by so many people, and I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor his memory than by giving something that gives life to others,” said Grant Carey, operations manager, Crain Media Group-Searcy.

“Sid Jackson has inspired a community to come together for this blood drive,” Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater-Ozarks Arkansas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross said. “You can be a hero by simply rolling up your sleeve. One pint of blood could potentially help save three lives, and there’s currently an urgent need for donors with O negative, A negative and B negative blood types.”

Blood drive in memory of Sidney “Sid” Jackson:

Aug. 22 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church’s Family Ministry Center, 105 S. Main St., Searcy, Ark.

Jackson’s parents, Sidney and Mary, will be attending the drive and will be the first to donate in their son’s memory.  KWCK 99.9 FM will also be broadcasting live from the drive between 3 and 5 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBldGOA.