Red Cross blood drive to be held in Kirksville in memory of Stefani Lorton

September 19, 2014

Tenth annual drive commemorates local teenager who died in 2005


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Sept. 19, 2014) — The American Red Cross and blood drive sponsor Highland Crest Assisted Living by Americare invite the Kirksville community to attend the tenth annual Stefani Lorton Memorial Blood Drive on Oct. 3.  


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 tenth 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.


Donate Blood in Memory of Stefani Lorton

Friday, Oct. 3

1-6 p.m.

Highland Crest

2204 S. Halliburton in Kirksville

To make an appointment to donate, visit


Blood donated at the Stefani Lorton Memorial Blood Drive can help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims, premature babies and others.


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.