Red Cross drive set in honor of Jake Riddle

June 4, 2013

January 9, 2013 began as a normal day for Jake Riddle. By the end of the day, a work-related accident left him with fourth-degree burns and severe injuries. During the next five months of treatment, Riddle underwent 13 surgeries and received 18 units of blood.

The Inola community will hold a blood drive in Jake’s honor on Monday, June 10 at the First United Methodist Church.

Jake continues to improve and amaze his therapists, doctors, everyone he comes in contact with,” said, Jake’s mom, Jenny Riddle.  “We are so grateful to our family, friends and community for their support. But thanking the strangers who gave the blood Jake has received can only happen by helping to give back.”

Blood drive in honor of Jake Riddle

Monday, June 10 from 3- 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 135 S. Broadway, Inola, Okla.

Donations collected at the blood drive in honor of Jake Riddle may be used for heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

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 @RedCrossBloodSW.