Two local fallen heroes to be remembered at Monroe Grade School blood drive

October 22, 2012

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (October 22, 2012) – On Saturday, October 27, two local Marines who lost their lives in courageous service to the nation will be honored at an American Red Cross blood drive at Monroe Grade School in Bartonville. The blood drive will also honor the selfless service of all members of the U.S. military.

Lance Corporal Jordan Bastean, 19, of Pekin, died in combat on October 23, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Robert "R.J." Newton, 21, of Creve Coeur, died on August 23, 2010, while on his second deployment in Afghanistan.

“We must never forget the men and women in uniform who make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Through this blood drive, area residents not only have the opportunity to help patients in need but will commemorate the lives of Lance Corporal Jordan Bastean, Lance Corporal Robert “R.J” Newton, and all military personnel at home and abroad.”

Blood Drive in Honor of Jordan Bastean and Robert “R.J.” Newton

Saturday, October 27

2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monroe Grade School

5137 Cisna Rd., Bartonville

Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients in need. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

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 join our blog at