Annual Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of Kirksville woman

October 24, 2014

Bridget Kurz died following 2010 crash


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 24, 2014) — The family of a local woman who died following a car accident in 2010 is once again joining the American Red Cross in inviting the Kirksville community to honor her life by giving blood in her memory.


On Nov. 8, the family of Bridget Kurz and the Red Cross invite the community to give blood during the fifth annual Bridget Kurz Memorial Blood Drive. Kurz was 24 when she died following a car accident and subsequent surgery. She received blood transfusions in an attempt to save her life, and sister Mindy Kurz cited that as one reason the family chooses to host an annual memorial blood drive. 


“Holding this blood drive lets us feel like we are giving back to those who have helped us,” she said.


Mindy described Bridget as someone who always strived to support those in need, and the family wants to share that giving spirit with others.


“Bridget always wanted to help others, and if this blood drive helps us to help others, it is worth it,” Mindy said.


Donate Blood in Memory of Bridget Kurz

Saturday, Nov. 8

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mary Immaculate Catholic Church

716 E. Washington in Kirksville

To make an appointment to donate, visit


Blood collected at the Bridget Kurz Memorial Blood Drive can help a variety of patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and others. All blood types are needed.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.