Community Unites at Second Blood Drive in Memory of Dylan Hofmann

June 3, 2011

For Linda Hofmann of Orion, donating blood was a way to give back in memory of her son Dylan who sustained fatal injuries in an automobile accident. Dylan’s organs were donated to give patients in need of organ and tissue transplants a chance to spend more time with family and friends.  Linda wants to keep his spirit alive with a blood drive through the American Red Cross on Wednesday, June 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Sherrard Fire House.

Just this past May, Linda coordinated a blood drive in memory of her son and encouraged the community to give a little of themselves and give back during the blood drive. The dedication of the community was so great, presenting donors that were not able to donate that day were asked to come back in June for a second blood donation opportunity. The American Red Cross hopes to collect more than 40 pints of blood.

The Red Cross is encouraging the Orion/Sherrard community to make the time to give blood this summer to ensure a stable blood supply for patients. Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.

In about an hour, you can make a lifesaving difference in your community and beyond by giving blood.

Second Dylan Hofman Memorial - Giving Back Blood Drive

Wednesday, June 8 from 2:30 to 6:30

Sherrard Fire House

4701 176th Street

Sherrard, Ill.

The more you share, the more you get back. Give blood.

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 permission 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.