SPOKANE, Wash. -

Marine Sergeant Jacob Hess was laid to rest Monday, and his family has a great way for the community to honor his memory: Give blood.

Hess, who died in Afghanistan on New Year's Day, graduated from North Central High School and his of accomplishments include being a blood donor since he was 16, a platelet donor since 18 and he was also on the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

Hess gave blood at the Inland Northwest Blood Center, located just down the street from North Central, where they were honored a hero like Sergeant Hess donated blood.

"We never know why people start giving blood, often they have personal experience or they just decide to one day 'Hey let's roll up my sleeve and go in and give' and so actually to have a hero within our community who is a blood donor it's very inspiring," Elizabeth Giles with the Inland Northwest Blood Center said.

The blood center has an urgent need for donors right now. They're down in donations because of the awful cold and flu bug hindering their regular donors from coming in.

Hess' family is asking that if you would like to honor his legacy and life to consider donating at the Inland Northwest Blood Center or your local blood center.