Red Cross blood drive in Mattoon, Ill. to be held in memory of local woman

February 10, 2014

Ashley Jewell died following high risk pregnancy


MATTOON, Ill. (Feb. 10, 2014) – The family of a local woman who died after giving birth to a baby girl is hoping the tragedy may inspire members of the Mattoon community to donate blood to help patients in need. The family of Ashley Jewell is joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in Jewell’s memory on Feb. 23.


Jewell endured a high risk pregnancy with complications from a large blood clot and placenta previa, which caused extensive bleeding. While Jewell did not survive, she did give birth to a healthy baby girl. Jewell’s family is hosting the memorial blood drive as a way to help other patients in need of potentially lifesaving blood products.


Ashley Jewell Memorial Blood Drive

Feb. 23 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 1903 Maple Ave. in Mattoon, Ill.


The Ashley Jewell Memorial Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross, as severe winter weather has caused the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives across the country, resulting in thousands of uncollected blood and platelet donations. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative.


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 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.