LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lee Thompson has donated blood for over 10 years.
"You just have to take time to do it. Make time to do it. Everyone has time to eat, so they ought to have time to come down here and do this," said Thompson.
He came in Wednesday to make his donation. Thompson says he knows, with the holidays approaching, there is an even greater need for blood .
"Our need actually increases because the donations decline," said Donor Recruiter Coordinator of the Blood Center of East Texas, Judy Sheffield.
Donations can be critical, as more East Texans get behind the wheel this holiday season.
"People, I guess, they travel more, and they have more accidents. So, they need more blood," said Thompson.
The blood collected from local donors is used for hospital emergency surgeries, treating victims of traumas, and even saving the lives of premature babies.
"There are more surgeries. And so, we're asking people to please come in and donate because we do have increased...the hospitals are busier," said Sheffield.
Thompson says it all it takes is a little time out of his day.
"Just a regular guy. It don't make me feel any different. I just think it's the right thing to do," said Thompson.
The Blood Center of East Texas says just one unit of blood and one hour of your time can save up to 3 lives this holiday season. A blood donation is a simple gesture that holds a lot of value.
"It's just an absolutely amazing gift you can give someone," said Sheffield.
Because, saving a life is priceless.
The donor centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 24th and Saturday, December 31st. They will be closed for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The centers will resume regular hours on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.
The Lufkin Donor Center is located at 202 South Franklin Drive. The Nacogdoches Donor Center is located at 3520 North University Drive.