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TDHCA Staff Members Roll Up Their Sleeves

Inside the blood drive bus(AUSTIN-5/20/03) TDHCA staff members arrived early at work on May 20, 2003 especially eager to roll up their sleeves; not just to work hard, but to donate blood. The first ever TDHCA Blood Drive was held that day. From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 33 staff members boarded The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas bus and braved the needle to help keep the central Texas blood flowing. Over 25 pints of blood were donated and will help save the lives of people in the 10 counties and 30 hospitals of Blood and Tissue Center’s service area.

Staff member giving bloodThe blood drive was coordinated by TDHCA staff member Teresa Day (at left). Teresa is not only a Legal Assistant in the Legal Services Division, but is also a State Certified EMT who volunteers for the Burnett County EMS, and she knows firsthand the importance of donating blood. She is also keenly aware of the critical blood shortage in the area, which is why she coordinated the drive. “I was at a meeting for a proposed Corporate First Responder Organization a few weeks ago when a conversation turned to the blood shortage. It wasn’t long before I decided to organize a blood drive at TDHCA. I passed the idea by Ms. Carrington and she thought it was a great idea.”

“Our staff is always eager to help the community in any way it can and the blood drive was just one more way of doing just that,” said Edwina Carrington, TDHCA Executive Director. “I commend Teresa for putting the blood drive together and the donors who bravely went under the needle.”

Blood drive bus

For information on donating blood or about hosting a blood drive at your workplace, community center, club meeting, or church, call The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas at (512) 206-1121 or (512) 206-1230.