Red Cross to host blood drive in memory of Shandria Terry at Jacksonville Community Center

October 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The family of a young woman who lost her life in a house fire two years ago is partnering with the American Red Cross to try and make a difference in the lives of others. On Oct. 26, the Red Cross will host a blood drive in memory of Shandria Terry, who died in June 2011.

Terry, 32, is remembered by friends and family as a happy-go-lucky person who loved life. That’s why they are hosting a blood drive in her memory.

“This blood drive is something positive that can come from losing someone,” Terry’s mother, Joyce, said. “It will help save other people’s lives. You never know when you or someone you love might need a blood transfusion.”

Blood donations can be used to treat trauma victims, cancer patients, premature infants and those with sickle cell disease, among others. Blood has a shelf life of 42 days, so the supply must be replenished constantly. All blood types are needed; especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

“Community blood drives are a great opportunity for people to make a difference while honoring the memory of someone they love,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Each donation could help save up to three lives. Blood donors are helping to give the gift of life to the patients we work to serve.”

Blood drive in memory of Shandria Terry:

Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville, Ark.

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.