American Red Cross to host annual blood drive in memory of Illinois car accident victim

December 4, 2012

Shane Holsey died in 2008


DAHLGREN, Ill. (Dec. 3, 2012) – Family and friends of a local man killed in a car accident invite the Dahlgren community to give blood at a blood drive on Dec. 17 in Shane Holsey’s memory.


The American Red Cross and Holsey’s friends and family will host the fourth annual Shane Holsey Memorial Blood Drive in Dahlgren, Ill. In October 2008, 30-year-old Holsey died in a car accident.


“Shane was a caring, giving man with a beautiful smile,” said Amy Wade, blood drive coordinator and Holsey’s friend. She added Holsey was an avid fan of music and the outdoors.


Holsey was a regular blood donor, and Wade said that makes a blood drive in his memory a perfect fit.


“We thought this would be a great way to keep his memory alive,” Wade said. “He would’ve loved this.”


Shane Holsey Memorial Blood Drive

Dec. 17 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dalhgren Grade School Gym

Fifth and Dale, Dahlgren, Ill.


Blood collected at the Shane Holsey Memorial Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood donations are needed during the holiday season when donations typically decline. 

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 join our blog at