The American Red Cross will hold the third annual Keep the Drive Alive blood drive Nov. 15-16 in memory of Kevin Coffey, a 2009 Manhattan High School graduate and committed blood donor.
The blood drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Thomas More church, 2900 Kimball Ave. Appointments are not required bur are recommended; walk-in donors are welcome. To make an appointment, call (800) RED-CROSS.
Those who come to donate blood will receive a Keep the Drive Alive coffee travel tumbler and a free cup of coffee from Bluestem Bistro. Pulled pork sliders from Cox Bros. BBQ will be served to donors Thursday, with Varsity Donuts featured Friday. Additional sponsors include Hawley Printing Service/Sir Speedy, Stoneybrook Retirement Community, Pilot Clubs of Manhattan and McDonald’s.
Keep the Drive Alive was started in November 2010 in memory of Coffee, a Temple University honors student who had donated more than a gallon of blood before his death Sept. 11, 2010 in a bus crash on a weekend trip to Toronto, Canada. Temple University is holding its third annual Keep the Drive Alive in memory of Coffey on Nov. 21.
November blood drives are especially important because blood donations tend to dip before the holidays. Hurricane Sandy also has taken its toll on the available blood supplies, according to the American Red Cross.