Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of Illinois teacher

September 9, 2013

Vicky Bundy taught at Herrin Elementary


HERRIN, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2013) – Family and friends of Vicky Bundy are joining students and staff at Herrin Elementary School to host an American Red Cross blood drive in Bundy’s memory on Sept 23. Bundy, a teacher Herrin Elementary, died in a car accident in March 2013.  


“We want to do something positive that could help save lives and help my mother’s legacy live on,” said Shelley Rowe, Bundy’s daughter.


Bundy’s faith was of paramount importance in her life, and according to Rowe, her favorite Bible verse was Psalms 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” Rowe said her mother’s faith was an inspiration to others, and she and her sister, Jody Cordie, are hopeful the blood drive in Bundy’s memory will be an inspiration, as well.


“We hope this raises awareness about giving blood and inspires people to help save lives by donating,” she said.


Vicky Bundy Memorial Blood Drive

Sept. 23 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Herrin Elementary School

5200 Herrin Road in Herrin, Ill.


Currently, eligible donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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.