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Company hosts blood drive in honor of 9/11 first responders, victims

By Camille Doty
Sept. 5, 2012 at 4:05 a.m.


If you go:

When: 1:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Prosperity Bank of El Campo, 1301 Mechanic St., El Campo

When: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday

Where: Victoria Mall, 7800 N. Navarro St., Victoria

When: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Donor Coach, 3907 E.. Rio Grande

For more info: Call Allen Schertz, 361 570-9148 or e-mail Allen.Schertz@delpapabud.com

To learn more about donations, visitbloodntissue.org

Del Papa Distributing will host its annual "This Blood's For You" blood drives in the Victoria area Friday through Tuesday.

The company has partnered with South Texas Blood & Tissue Center since 2002 to honor first responders and those who died during 9/11.

Allen Schertz, human resources manager, said the drive is timely because it correlates with a major event of American history.

"This is a great thing for us to do annually," he said. The consistent week serves as a reminder.

Blood drives will be at Prosperity Bank El Campo, Victoria Mall, and Donor Coach.

The supply will go to area hospitals.

It takes between 30 and 60 minutes to make a donation. Participants will be rewarded with a thank you gift.

Blood donation is considered a safe activity, according to the blood center, because the materials used are sterile and used once.

Comfort levels vary with each individual, most will feel a slight pinch. It's also advised to rest five to 10 minutes after the donation and replenish your fluids.

The community has to generate 600 pints a day to meet the needs of blood supply in Southern hospitals, according to a news release.

Schertz encouraged people to donate blood if they can. "It's the right thing to do. You save three lives with one pint," he said.

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