American Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of Lake St. Louis child

December 5, 2012

Anna Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2012


LAKE SAINT LOUIS, Mo. (Dec. 5, 2012) – The American Red Cross is asking people to give something that means something this holiday season, and the family of Anna Dennis is helping spread that message with a blood drive in the child’s honor.


The family of two-year-old Anna Dennis joins the Red Cross and the Lake Saint Louis Police Department in inviting the community to give blood during the Anna Dennis Blood Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Saint Louis Police Department, 200 Civic Center Drive, Lake Saint Louis, Mo.


Anna Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2012, just days after her second birthday. Since then, she has received blood and platelet transfusions as part of her treatment. Her father, Mark Dennis, said hosting a blood drive in his daughter’s name will help educate the community about the importance of blood donation.


“Before her sickness, I never thought donating blood was important,” Mark Dennis said. “I have now seen firsthand how blood donations can help save a life. We are hosting this blood drive in Anna’s honor to increase the awareness of the constant need for blood donations and as a way to provide blood for others in need.”


Blood collected at the Anna Dennis Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. During the winter months, blood donations typically decline due to factors such as holiday plans, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. All blood types are needed to help keep supplies stable. 


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