Blood donations: East Texas supply low at this time of the year

VIDEO: Blood donations: East Texas supply low at this time of the year

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Numerous East Texans made a point to donate blood on Wednesday because there’s a need.Experts say this time of the year is critical for blood donations to help boost the supply.

“I am committed to helping others, and I know that every time I give a donation, it can save up to three lives,” said Deidra Taylor, a donor.

By profession, Taylor is a nurse, so she knows first hand all about how blood donations help many patients.

“Their color changes, and I see literally life come back into their body. I know how important it is,” Taylor said.

However, it was during her time in nursing school almost 20 years ago she learned the value of giving back.

“(The year) 2001 will always be embedded in my mind because it was just a life-changing era with the Towers and me being in school; it was just a lot of things going on,” Taylor said. “I’ve given blood ever since then, and I’ll continue as long as I’m able. I’ll continue to give blood I’m 90.”

Taylor said September 11, 2001, after the Twin Towers fell is etched in her memory, and that’s her driving force to donate blood every year.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center says the supply is critically low at this time of the year. That is in large part is due to a lot of surgeries.

“We supply blood to the neighboring counties because there is a need,” said Kelly Brevard, a phlebotomist. “We might have somebody in a massive car wreck that might need blood. We have preemie babies that need blood. We might have a gunshot victim.”

Experts say the holiday season is one of the toughest times of year to collect blood. Taylor explained why people should donate.

“Cause when it comes down to it, if it was your family member in need of a blood transfusion, you would want to be able to give blood and not everyone can give blood," Taylor said.

Click on the links for details on how you can donate blood in either Lufkin or Nacogdoches.

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