Red Cross blood drive in Wathena, KS to commemorate local firefighter

July 29, 2013

Annual Brandon Jolly Memorial Blood Drive Aug. 9


WATHENA, Ks. (July 29, 2013) – Family and friends of late volunteer firefighter Brandon Jolly invite eligible blood donors to pay tribute to Jolly and help save lives at a blood drive in his memory on Aug. 9.


Jolly was 20 years old when he passed away in 2009 following a 14- month battle with lymphoma. During his treatment, Jolly received a number of blood and platelet transfusions. Now, family members say they hope the blood drive, which falls the day after Jolly’s birthday, inspires others to help those in need.


“He was such a giving person, and this blood drive is our way of giving back,” said Vickie Jolly, Brandon’s mother. “If the blood collected can help someone who needs it, it’s worth it.”


Brandon Jolly Memorial Blood Drive

Aug. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Wathena Community Center

303 E. St. Joseph St. in Wathena, Ks.


The Brandon Jolly Memorial Blood Drive is part of a larger event dedicated to Jolly. Attendees can also participate in a barbecue cook-off and a bone marrow drive. You can find more information about the event by sending an email to


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code WathenaCC 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.