3rd Annual Saffelder Memorial Blood Drive

April 18, 2011

Donate blood in memory of Noah and Casey Saffelder


(St. Louis, MO, 2011)


Casey and Noah Saffelder of Marion, children of Neil Saffelder and Audrey West, were both tragically killed in two separate auto accidents.  Casey received blood products while attempts were made to save her life.  She was 18 years of age when she died in 2006.  Just two short years later, 17 year old Noah’s life was lost as well.


The 3rd Annual Saffelder Memorial Blood Drive will be held on April 29, 2011, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Church Family Life Center,  600 N. Russell, in Marion Illinois. Marion High School students support this drive by tie-dying t-shirts to give to all those who attempt to donate blood.


Noah and Casey’s Aunt, Gayle Phelps, is helping to organize the blood drive and encourages community members to call her at (618) 997-3030 to schedule an appointment to donate blood in honor of her niece and nephew.  Even though Noah and Casey’s family have suffered terrible losses, they continue to pull together for a great cause.  “It’s Important to our family to help others, and keep the memory of Casey and Noah alive”, says Phelps.


The Saffelder family and blood drive volunteers hope to collect 200 pints of blood at this year’s drive.  Because each donation has the possibility of saving up to three lives, this blood drive could potentially help 600 people in Noah and Casey’s memory.


For your convenience, you may now schedule blood donation appointments online at redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: KofCMarion) or you may call 1-800-RED CROSS. 


Donors may subscribe to Red Cross texting by sending redcross to 42227 or registering online at redcrossblood.org.  


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.