Omaha and Lincoln blood drives to be held in memory of Jessica Lutton Bedient

December 27, 2010

OMAHA, Neb.– In life, Jessica Lutton Bedient gave her time and energy to help others in her community and around the world. And, even in death following a tragic car accident in October, the 26-year-old newlywed continued to give – giving her heart to a young girl, her lungs to a man and sight to another.

Following the accident, Jessica received blood products. Though Jessica passed away, the blood she received enabled her to donate her organs to three people and gave them a second chance at life.

Friends and family have come together to honor Jessica’s legacy of giving by hosting blood drives in Omaha and Lincoln on January 10 in her memory.


Jessica Lutton Bedient Memorial Blood Drives:

Monday, Jan. 10 from 2 to 8 p.m.
Hosted by the University of Nebraska - Omaha
University of Nebraska – Omaha, Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St., Omaha
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit and enter sponsor code 2516 to make an appointment.
Monday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Hosted by the University of Nebraska Athletic Department
University of Nebraska– Lincoln, Memorial Stadium, Stadium Drive & T Street, Lincoln
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit and enter sponsor code 2517 to make an appointment.


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 generally in 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.