Donate Blood in Honor of Sparta Marine

October 4, 2011

Red Cross Blood Drive Honors Sparta Veteran

Kevin Honaker was Injured Serving in Afghanistan



(Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 4, 2011)                      



Kevin Honaker, a Marine Corps Combat Engineer, received extensive leg injuries after stepping on a land mine while serving in Afghanistan. 


The 20-year-old Sparta native and 2009 White County High School graduate was only in Afghanistan six weeks when the accident happened.  It was his job to search for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). 


Honaker is currently receiving treatment for his injuries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  He’s already been through a couple of surgeries and received lifesaving units of blood.


“I’m sure he would be very honored that there’s a blood drive in his name because he is still concerned about people in Afghanistan, so he would be concerned about people with injuries in the United States who needed blood.  He’s a good hearted person that would want people to be healthy and happy,” says Gail Scoggins, Honaker’s Aunt.


Scoggins says the first thing Honaker asked after he was injured was if anyone else was hurt.  She says he’s always had a good attitude about life and that continues despite his injuries.


You are invited to give blood in honor of Kevin Honaker on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Civic Center Sparta located at 540 E. Bockman Way in Sparta.  To schedule a blood donation appointment, call Rosa Buttrum at 836-2734.


All presenting blood donors may enjoy soup and corn bread, courtesy of our volunteers.  You may also sign a card for Kevin.  Cards will be delivered to him at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at