Red Cross to host annual blood drive in Dahlgren, Ill. in memory of local car accident victim

December 5, 2013



DAHLGREN, Ill. (Dec. 5, 2013) – Family and friends of Shane Holsey, a local man killed in a car accident in 2008, join the American Red Cross in inviting the Dahlgren community to give blood on Dec. 17 in Holsey’s memory. This will mark the fifth annual blood drive in memory of Holsey, who was 30 years old when he died.


“Shane was a caring, giving man with a beautiful smile,” said Amy Rawls, the blood drive coordinator.


Shane Holsey Memorial Blood Drive

Dec. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Dahlgren Baptist Church

Fourth and Main Street, Dahlgren, Ill.


Rawls, who was friends with Holsey, added he was an avid fan of music and the outdoors.


Holsey was a regular blood donor, and Rawls said that makes a blood drive in his memory a perfect fit.


“We thought this would be a great way to keep his memory alive,” Rawls said. “He would’ve loved this.”


Blood collected at the Shane Holsey Memorial Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood donations are needed during the holiday season when donations typically decline. 


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.