From left: Darla Litton, Hope Castle-Golston, Nancy and James Dees.
A group of Humble/Kingwood volunteers were recognized for their commitment to saving lives, winning the “Community Advocate Group of the Year” award from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Thursday, Feb. 12. The Humble/Kingwood Community Advocates support The Blood Center’s Humble/Kingwood Neighborhood Donor Center, at 9616 FM 1960 Bypass West in Humble, by raising awareness in the community and hosting quarterly blood drives at the center.
The award was presented at The Blood Center’s annual “A Celebration of Life” Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, which honored the 720 businesses, churches, schools and community organizations that hosted four or more blood drives in 2014.
The Humble/Kingwood Community Advocates support their local donor center in a number of ways, including a holiday tradition of participating in the Humble Parade of Lights. With a Blood Center vehicle decorated as their parade float, the group brings awareness to their local donor center and to the need for blood donations during the holiday season. Overall, their five drives in 2014 brought in 246 total donors, including 30 new donors. Because of groups like this The Blood Center is able to continue serving patients in more than 170 hospitals across 26 Texas counties.
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is asking its donors to Commit for Life. It takes three simple steps: 1) Donate once per quarter; 2) allow The Blood Center to contact you; and 3) spread the word, encouraging others to Commit for Life.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood components to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. Individuals who are 16 years old, at least 122 pounds, in good general health and have their parents’ consent also may donate. The donation process is simple, taking only about one hour. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is an independent, nonprofit blood center that is not affiliated with the American Red Cross.