Popple family to host Red Cross blood drive in Holdrege on Sept. 7

August 27, 2013
HOLDREGE, Neb. – Grayson Popple’s mother, Ashley Popple, calls her 5-year-old son a miracle. Less than a year ago, he was critically ill with hemolytic uremic syndrome, and his kidneys were failing. Grayson’s family credits the blood transfusions he received with helping him make a full recovery. On Sept. 7, the Popple family is hosting a blood drive in Grayson’s honor in Holdrege, Neb.
“It is important for us to host this blood drive on Grayson's behalf to bring awareness to how important blood donations are,” said Ashley Popple. “Grayson's life definitely depended on him receiving blood transfusions.”
Transfusions were necessary for Grayson’s recovery because the hemolytic uremic syndrome caused an abnormal destruction of his red blood cells.
Today Grayson is a happy, healthy kindergartner at Franklin Elementary in Holdrege, Neb. He loves superheroes, T-ball and dancing.  
Blood drive in honor of Grayson Popple
Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at 1419 East Ave. Dr. in Holdrege
To make an appointment, please call Ashley Popple at 308-991-1105 or email anpopple@hotmail.com.
The blood drive in honor of Grayson Popple comes at an important time for the American Red Cross. While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.
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.