Annual blood drive to be held in memory of Uhl sisters

October 21, 2013

Jessica and Kelli were killed in 2007 crash


COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (Oct. 21, 2013) – A deadly car crash involving two teenage girls and an Illinois State Trooper nearly six years ago is now the driving force behind an event that could help save many lives.


On Nov. 23, 2007, 18-year-old Jessica Uhl and her sister, 13-year-old Kelli, were driving home from a family gathering when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by an Illinois State Highway Patrol vehicle. Jessica and Kelli were killed in the crash. As the sixth anniversary of that horrific accident approaches, the girls’ mother, Kim Schlau, and the Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Foundation hope to raise awareness about the importance of blood donations and collect blood donations to help others in need.


“We hold annual blood drives to give back to the community and to keep working towards our mission of doing good things in memory of Jessica and Kelli,” said Schlau.


Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Blood Drive          

Nov. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Dorris Intermediate School

1841 Vandalia in Collinsville, Ill.


The Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Foundation has scholarship opportunities available to Collinsville High School students interested in pursuing a major in Public Relations at Southern Illinois University -Edwardsville. For more information, visit


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code UHL 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