American Red Cross blood drive to honor Kirksville-area child

July 25, 2013

Drive for Jersey Jo Montgomery scheduled Aug. 8


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (July 25, 2013) – A frightening start to the life of a child is the driving force behind a local effort to help save lives of other patients in need. Family and friends of 2 year-old Jersey Jo Montgomery are joining the American Red Cross, Advance America and Preferred Family Healthcare to host the Friends of Jersey Jo Blood Drive on Aug. 8.


At just one month old, Jersey Jo was diagnosed with a respiratory syncytial virus, more commonly known as RSV. The condition caused Jersey Jo’s heart rate to rise rapidly, resulting in difficulty breathing. After being taken to the hospital, Jersey Jo was given a blood transfusion, which caused her heart rate to slow down and her breathing to return to normal.


“I don’t really know how it worked, but it worked,” said Heather Montgomery, Jersey Jo’s mother. “The blood transfusion helped save her life.”


Now Heather hopes to return the favor.


“Someone out there helped save my baby’s life. Now it’s my turn to help do the same for someone else.”


Friends of Jersey Jo Blood Drive

Aug. 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Preferred Family Healthcare

900 E. LaHarpe in Kirksville, Mo.


The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations than expected were given in the first half of summer. Every day donations come up short, less potentially lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code JerseyJo 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.