Kirksville Media and the American Red Cross Help Save Lives with Annual Blood Drive

July 27, 2012

Nearly 200 Donors Give the Gift of Life


Kirksville media outlets, including KTVO-TV, Cable One, KLTE Bott Radio, Radio Park and the Kirksville Daily Express partnered with the American Red Cross help save lives on Wednesday, July 25, at Kirksville Middle School, and collected 179 units of blood.


Because each blood donation can help save up to three lives, more than 530 lives could be positively impacted by the generosity of the area blood donors.


The support from Kirksville media, Kirksville Middle School, and the local blood donors comes at a critical time for the Red Cross.  The Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.  Blood donations through the Red Cross are at their lowest point in 15 years.


The Red Cross thanks everyone who attended the blood drive on July 25, and is grateful for the support of the sponsors and the Kirksville community. 


Anyone who was unable to donate on July 25 can find more opportunities at Red Cross blood drives in their area by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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