Red Cross blood drive to honor young burn victims

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Greene County community organizers, already galvanized with having raised some $22,000 for two local burn victims, are holding an American Red Cross blood drive in honor of them.

Nick Decker, 10, of Bloomfield, Ind. and Josh Merritt, 11, of Crane Village, Ind., were both injured in April when flames were generated after an explosion at a fire pit during a camping trip in Scotland, Ind.

Both are recovering at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

The blood drive honoring Nick and Josh is Tuesday, May 26 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 125 Washington, St., Bloomfield, Ind.

"We always appreciate when the community - especially during these circumstances -- wants to thank of other victims, too," said Lori Medley, Donor Recruitment Director for the Blood Services Region of the Red Cross.

"Those who donate in honor of Josh and Nick will also help many others. This is really a show of what good can come from a tragic event," she said.

One pint of blood can help to save up to three lives because blood has three distinctive components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Plasma is often used as a vital treatment for burn victims.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

View 2 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • great article

    -- Posted by gary g on Tue, May 26, 2009, at 8:37 PM
  • I second that, gary g

    -- Posted by Blueyedame on Tue, May 26, 2009, at 8:58 PM
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: