Red Cross to host blood drive in memory of St. Louis shooting victim

October 30, 2013

Aaron Hefner was killed in 2010


ST. LOUIS (Oct. 30, 2013) – Thoughts of a joyous holiday season for one St. Louis family were destroyed in December 2010 when 20-year old Aaron Hefner was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion, yet the family is turning that grief into hope of helping save the lives of others.


The family of Aaron Hefner is joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in Aaron’s memory on Nov. 16 at the Fire Union Hall in St. Louis.


Aaron was shot in a St. Louis apartment on Dec. 16, 2010, and while efforts were made to save his life at a hospital, they proved unsuccessful. Those efforts included transfusing blood and other fluids into Aaron’s body, a strategy that left Aaron’s organs unsuitable for donation after his death.


“We wanted to donate his organs, but couldn’t,” said Barb Hefner, Aaron’s mother. “We thought this blood drive would be one way to give back to the community in his honor. We wanted something good to come out of the tragedy of his death. He always enjoyed helping others, and now he still can.”


Annual Aaron Hefner Memorial Blood Drive

Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fire Union Hall

4271 Delor in St. Louis


All blood types are needed at the Aaron Hefner Memorial Blood Drive. Blood collected could be used to help trauma victims, cancer patients and others in need.


How to Donate Blood

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