Red Cross to host blood drive in Kirkwood, Mo. in memory of local child

January 27, 2014

Benjamin Schrieber died of anemia at 18 months old


KIRKWOOD, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2014) – The Kirkwood and Webster Groves communities are invited to honor the memory of little Benjamin “Pounder” Schrieber by giving blood at the Benjamin Schrieber Memorial Blood Drive on Feb. 9. Benjamin was 18 months old when he died of Fanconi anemia. This Feb. 14 would have marked his sixth birthday. 


Benjamin received a bone marrow transplant when he was 1, and received almost daily blood and platelet transfusions during his last nine weeks in the hospital. Benjamin’s parents, Beth and Ben Schrieber, said the blood drive in his memory is one way of helping others, the way blood donors tried to help Benjamin.


“We want to pay forward all that was given to Benjamin during his time of need and to continue to keep his light shining,” the Schriebers said.


Benjamin Schrieber Memorial Blood Drive

Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church

505 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood, Mo.


Blood collected at the Benjamin Schrieber Memorial Blood Drive may help many patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. The blood drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross as recent inclement weather has forced the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives in 25 states, including Missouri. The Red Cross is currently seeing an urgent need for type O blood, especially O negative, as well as types 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.