Red Cross blood drive in Illinois held in memory of longtime volunteer

April 25, 2013

Shane Toenjes died in 2011


MILLSTADT, Ill. (April 25, 2013) – A local man who volunteered at blood drives in the Millstadt, Ill. area will be remembered during an American Red Cross blood drive in his name on May 9. Prior to his death in May 2011, Shane Toenjes was an advocate for donating blood and helped promote local blood drives.


On May 15, 2011, 22-year-old Toenjes was struck by a car and killed. Marge Wolfmeier, family friend and organizer of the blood drive in Toenjes’ memory, remembers Shane as an “all around good kid” and “good American boy” who enjoyed his job as a brick layer and playing baseball.


Wolfmeier said a blood drive in Toenjes’ memory in 2012 attracted many blood donors, and she hopes for the same this year.


Shane Toenjes Memorial Blood Drive

May 9 from 3 to 8 p.m. at St. James Catholic Parish and School

412 W. Washington Ave. Millstadt, Ill.


Blood collected at the Shane Toenjes Memorial Blood Drive could help many patients, including accident victims. All blood types are needed.

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 join our blog at