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Let's start saving lives! If you have never donated blood before, you may be wondering what the process involves. Learn how you can prepare for a successful donation, and what to expect when you visit a Neighborhood Donor Center or mobile blood drive. 

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Jakarta, blood drive coordinator

Meet Gabi

Could you help someone like her?

In November 2015 Gabi went to the hospital for what was thought to be pneumonia, but turned out to be Ewing Sarcoma, a form of cancer. Throughout her chemotherapy and a major surgery, she received blood and platelet transfusions. Gabi’s family believes that they were crucial to her victory over cancer.

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Gabi, recipient

A True Hero

Chad knows blood donors are heroes too.

Chad, a DPS Trooper, could not have imagined how close he would come to losing his life one night as he left for work. He was injured in a serious accident, and needed red blood cells and plasma to survive. He was recently able to return to work and is thankful for donors giving life back to him.

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Chad, recipient

This is Daniel

He will never forget how donors saved his life.

Daniel knows he would not be here today if not for the kindness of blood donors. In 1997, he survived a terrible accident and had to be revived three times. With many operations came just as many blood transfusions. “Thanks to blood donors, I’m able to see and experience my family grow,” he says.

Save Lives Now.

Daniel, recipient

'Thank You'

Donors' kindness brought comfort in a dark time.

In summer 2016, a rare illness required Rikki to spend more than a month in the hospital. It was a painful time for her loved ones, but the generosity of those who gave was a shining light in the dark. “Thanks to donors of blood, platelets, plasma and source plasma my sister pulled through,” her sister, Danni, says.

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Rikki, recipient

Blood Center News
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center mourns Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush helped save lives in our community, and we celebrate her lifetime of accomplishments. The former First Lady set the bar high in her commitment to helping others.

Dr. Charles Drew: A Blood Banking Pioneer

Here at The Blood Center, we pride ourselves on being an organization of diversity. We work together to save and sustain lives, and we each bring a unique perspective when it comes to fulfilling our mission.

Tying the knot and saving lives

Hurricane Harvey destroyed homes, cars and many other things, but one thing it couldn’t destroy is the compassion for others in newlywed couple Gilbert and Stefanie Cruz. Gilbert and Stefanie were set to get married just a few days after Harvey passed, but due the storm’s aftermath they had to alter all of their plans on a moment’s notice.

Holiday Hugs

Our Holiday Hugs promotion is in full swing. Thanks to our volunteers coming together to attach the messages of well wishes from donors to the bears, our employees have been able to begin delivering the bears to patients at area hospitals. The process of delivering the bears is a heart-warming experience that every employee who participate really enjoys.


Blood on ambulances helps EMS agencies save more lives

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has partnered with two local agencies providing emergency medical services to help save more lives when time is of the essence, now administering whole blood to patients on the ground.

Donor coaches hit the road sporting new look, features

In the last two years, five of The Blood Center's donor coaches have been refurbished. Find out why this is such an important process.

Circle of Life Bike Tour celebrates life

The Lone Star Circle of Life bike tour visits Texas cities to raise awareness of the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations to honor those impacted by these donation types. This year’s eight-day, 600-mile tour included stops in Houston and College Station.

New Steps, New Rewards in Commit for Life Program Update

Beginning Sept. 6, 2017, the Commit for Life program is changing, to help ensure every donor can be rewarded for contributing. Learn more.

2017 Commit for Life Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce the 2017 Commit for Life Scholarship recipients.

Blood Center Resources

Our mission is to partner with the community to save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, blood components and related services.

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Houston, TX 77054

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