Blood Center of East Texas encouraging people to Commit For Life

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Blood Center of East Texas says the blood supply tends to start dwindling around summertime and holidays, making donations even more vital to saving lives.

KTRE and The Blood Center of East Texas have joined forces to help boost the July 4th blood supply.

Alfred Griffin has been donating blood regularly for more than 25 years.

"If I can give and safe a life, I might save 2 lives who knows it could be your life, you never know," said Griffin.

And The Blood Center of East Texas is proud to say the blood donated in East Texas says here to help East Texans.

Cortney Martin, Public Relations Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center says, "We primarily supply the local hospitals first. That's 7 hospitals in the 6 counties around Lufkin and Nacogdoches so if you have a need, if you family has a need you know that the blood that you donated here will be here to help them."

"If you've got a chance to give some blood, you might just save 1, 2 maybe 3 lives. You don't know how many you could save. It just takes one time to save a life," said Griffin.

Martin says in the summer months the supply of blood starts to diminish.

"High schools are out right now so we don't get those blood donations, people are traveling and aren't really thinking about coming out to donate but the need is constant so we're just here to remind people that they can really make a difference this summer," said Martin.

According to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, less than 5 percent of the population donates blood.

Lifetime donors like A. J. Funderburk just need a simple reminder.

"Well I came to the grocery store and saw the bus here, knew I haven't given blood in a while so I said ok I'll do it today," said Funderburk. "It's a necessity for other people and it's good for your body. Make it make new blood."

And blood center representatives encourage all those who can to Commit For Life and become a regular donor, donating at least once every quarter.

Blood donations can always be made at both neighborhood donor centers in Lufkin and Nacogdoches.

The Blood Center's Lufkin Neighborhood Donor Center is located at 202 S. Franklin. That location's normal hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

In Nacogdoches, the donor center is located at 3520 N. University Drive. The normal hours at that location are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

If you stop by one of donation centers between now and July 8th and mention KTRE you'll receive a special commemorative T-shirt.

For more information, visit the Blood Center of East Texas' Website.

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