Annual Manhattan blood drive held in honor of MHS graduate

5th Annual "Keep the Drive Alive" blood drive in Manhattah - Nov. 20, 2014.

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – A Manhattan high school graduate’s death has inspired people this week to give “the gift of life” – blood.

“Kevin was an incredible young man,” says his father Ray Coffey. “He was very giving, was helpful to everybody and I think today he’d be pretty proud that we’re here giving blood in his memory.”

Kevin Coffey was a Manhattan High School graduate and an avid blood donor who died in a bus accident in September, 2010 while traveling to Toronto.

Before his death, he had donated more than a gallon of flood to the American Red Cross.

“When we first lost Kevin,” says mom Maxine “his memorial, we decided, would go to the Red Cross, specifically to the blood program, because that was something that we knew that he was very involved in and would want to continue.”

Thursday was the fifth annual “Keep the Drive Alive” Red Cross blood drive at St. Thomas Moore church. Over the yeaers, this one drive has resulted in more than 1,300 pints of blood being donated.

“Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood,” says Red Cross Donor Recruitment Manager Norma Dixon. “And across the country about 44,000 pints of blood are needed every single day.”

So the message for this blood drive is simple.

Those who come to donate blood will receive a T-shirt that says to “Keep the Drive Alive” to remember to come and donate for those in need.”

“We just want to carry on what he would have done,” says Maxine.

The drive continues through Friday at St. Thomas Moore church from 7:30am to 1:00 p.m..

 

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