Join the Major Brent Taylor Foundation and the Red Cross of Utah for a day of service this weekend

The South Ogden community is invited to join family and friends of The Major Brent Taylor Foundation to help save lives by donating blood through the Red Cross on Friday, May 28, 2021, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at 4075 Orchard Ave., to honor those who died in service to this country for Memorial Day.

The Major Brent Taylor Foundation was founded by Mrs. Jennie Taylor, the proud wife and Gold Star widow of Utah Army National Guard Major Brent Taylor. Major Taylor lived a life of devotion to God, Family and Country, and his memorial foundation seeks to carry forward the legacy he left behind. There are three principles upon which the Major Brent Taylor Foundation is based. First, the Foundation seeks to TRAIN current and future leaders in all walks of life. Second, the Foundation seeks to HONOR military families by identifying, celebrating and remembering their bravery and sacrifice. And third, the Foundation seeks to ENGAGE community members through cultural events and the performing arts.

“Memorial Day is a tender time for us, there is a connection to all of those brave enough to serve and step up for our country,” said Steve and Tammy Taylor, parents of Major Brent Taylor. “Now we have a son who was killed in action, this time has become more tender for us, we want to do something positive that makes a difference.

This Military Appreciation Month, the Red Cross of Utah  is inviting the community to turn ‘Thank you for your service’ into action and to donate lifesaving blood for those patients who need it the most, especially in times of medical emergencies.

As more people schedule their vaccination appointments and begin to gear up for a return to some of their favorite summer activities, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets.

  • While Americans begin to resume normal seasonal activities, the Red Cross is concerned about the impact this may have on blood donor turnout and the blood supply this summer.
  • The need for lifesaving blood transfusions never takes a break. It’s critical to have blood ready to go when every second counts.
  • With more and more individuals receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, in most cases, vaccinated individuals can donate blood and platelets. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they receive is important in determining blood donation eligibility.

The Red Cross also urges donors to give during Trauma Awareness Month in May. Type O blood donors, and platelet donors are especially needed.

  • While no one can predict when an accident might happen, donors can help hospitals stay prepared and stocked with blood products. Donors are encouraged to be someone’s lifesaver and schedule a donation appointment now.
  • It’s the blood products already on the shelves that helps save lives in emergencies. 
  • Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. 
  • Type O positive blood is the most used blood type because it can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. 

Patients are counting on the generosity of blood donors to share their health. If a donor is eligible and feeling well, they can make an appointment today by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code Major Taylor