Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of Kay Cleavinger

October 9, 2012

Moberly man was longtime blood donor


MOBERLY, Mo. (Oct. 10, 2012) — Kay Cleavinger took great pride in being an American Red Cross blood donor. Now, his family members are joining the Red Cross in hosting a blood drive in his memory.


Cleavinger’s family and the Red Cross invite the Moberly community to honor Cleavinger at the Kay Cleavinger Memorial Blood Drive on Monday, Oct. 22 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 201 S. Fourth St., Moberly, Mo.


“Our family is aware of the need for blood, and we jumped at the opportunity to host this blood drive,” said Kay’s wife, Nancy Cleavinger.  “It just seemed right considering Kay donated blood so often.”


In addition to giving blood, Kay Cleavinger enjoyed travel, architecture and golf.  Because of his dedication to blood donation, upon his death this past summer his family requested, in lieu of flowers, blood donations be made to the Red Cross.


Blood collected at the Kay Cleavinger Memorial Blood Drive may help cancer patients, accident victims and other patients in need. Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are preferred. 


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