Annual blood drive to be held in Kirksville, Mo. in memory of Stefani Lorton

November 27, 2013

Local teenager died following 2005 car accident


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 27, 2013) -- The American Red Cross and blood drive sponsor Highland Crest Assisted Living by Americare invites the Kirksville community to

to attend the ninth annual Stefani Lorton Memorial Blood Drive Dec. 12.   


In 2005, 19-year-old Lorton died from injuries suffered in a car accident. While blood transfusions could not ultimately save her life, they did help keep her alive long enough that her organs could be donated to other hospital patients in need. 


Before her death, Lorton was a regular blood donor. Her mother, Karen Lorton, cited this as one reason the family chooses to host a memorial blood drive each year.


“Stefani was a donor, and her motto was, ‘if you can give, you should give,’” Karen said.


With the blood drive now in its ninth year, Karen said the support from neighbors, friends and the community has been tremendous.


“We have received a lot of community support. We have tons of recurring donors,” she said, referring to the blood donors who visit the drive each year.


Stefani Lorton Memorial Blood Drive

Dec. 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Highland Crest

2204 S. Haliburton in Kirksville, Mo.


Blood collected at the Stefani Lorton Memorial Blood Drive could help a variety of patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. All blood types are needed.


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 consent 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.