Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of Kirksville child

July 24, 2014

Blood drive for Jersey Jo Sullivan scheduled Aug. 21


KIRKSVILLE, Mo.  (July 24, 2014) — A frightening start to the life of a child is the driving force behind a local effort to help save the lives of other patients in need. Family and friends of 3 year-old Jersey Jo Sullivan are joining the American Red Cross and Preferred Family Healthcare to host the Friends of Jersey Jo Blood Drive on Aug. 21.


At just one month old, Jersey Jo was diagnosed with a respiratory syncytial virus, more commonly known as RSV. The condition caused Jersey Jo’s heart rate to rise rapidly, resulting in difficulty breathing. After being taken to the hospital, Jersey Jo was given a blood transfusion, which caused her heart rate to slow down and her breathing to return to normal.


“I don’t really know how it worked, but it worked,” said Heather Montgomery, Jersey Jo’s mother. “The blood transfusion helped save her life.”


Now Heather hopes to return the favor.


“Someone out there helped save my baby’s life. Now it’s my turn to help do the same for someone else.”


                             Friends of Jersey Jo Blood Drive

Thursday, Aug. 21

2 to 7 p.m.

Preferred Family Healthcare

900 E. LaHarpe in Kirksville

Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to

to schedule a blood donation appointment.


All eligible donors are encouraged to give to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.


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.