4th Annual Saffelder Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled

May 1, 2012

Donate blood in memory of Noah and Casey Saffelder



Casey and Noah Saffelder of Marion, children of Neil Saffelder and Audrey West, were both tragically killed in two separate auto accidents.  Casey was 18 years of age when she died in 2006, and just two short years later, 17 year old Noah’s life was lost as well.


The 4th Annual Saffelder Memorial Blood Drive will be held on Friday, May 11, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall,  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 parents are helping to organize the blood drive and encourage community members to call Neil Saffelder at (618) 694-7301 or email saffelderblooddrive@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to donate blood in honor of their children.  Even though Noah and Casey’s family have suffered terrible losses, they continue to pull together for a great cause.  “Although it may seem like a small thing to donate blood, it makes the difference of life or death to the people who need it,” Neil Saffelder said.


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.



How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. 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 more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.