Blood Drive in Memory of Car Accident Victim

December 7, 2011

Family, Friends Remember Shane Holsey

Blood donors who donate during an American Red Cross blood drive in memory of a man who “never met a stranger” may be able to help many strangers in need this holiday season.  On Monday, Dec. 19, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Dahlgren Grade School gym, the Red Cross and organizers will hold a blood drive in memory of Shane Holsey, who died in a car accident in October, 2008 at the age of 30. 

            “Shane never had a bad thing to say about anyone.  He never met a stranger,” said friend and blood drive coordinator Amy Wade, who remembers Holsey as “always smiling.”

            Holsey was a blood donor himself, and in his memory, others are asked to give the perfect gift to someone in need of blood – the gift of another hug, another smile, another laugh, and another chance.

            The Red Cross and blood drive organizers hope to collect 50 units of blood during the drive in Holsey’s memory.  Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, 150 lives could be positively impacted by the generosity of area donors.

            To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

This holiday season, you can give something that means something with a donation to the Red Cross.  The Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog has 25 symbolic gifts representing all Red Cross services that people can purchase in the name of a loved one during the holiday season.  Check out the catalog at




How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at