Honor two Pekin fallen heroes at Red Cross blood drive on July 13

July 3, 2013

PEKIN, Ill. (July 3, 2012) – On July 13, Central Illinois residents will have the opportunity to commemorate the lives of two Pekin-area heroes who lost their lives in courageous service to their country while serving overseas.

Lance Corporal Jordan Bastean, 19, died in combat on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and U.S. Army Sergeant Dean Shaffer, 23, died on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Both men were graduates of Pekin Community High School.

Through the blood drive, friends, family and the local community will honor the selfless service and sacrifice of Lance Corporal Bastean and Sergeant Shaffer while helping ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients in need.

Blood Drive in Honor of Jordan Bastean and Dean Shaffer

Saturday, July 13

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AMVETS Post 169

660 Radio City Drive in North Pekin

Donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood to help avert a summer shortage. Blood and platelets can be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies – when there are complications during childbirth – and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.