By Julie Silva
Barbara Bush once answered the call for heroes to donate at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Jan. 23, 2003, during Volunteer Blood Donor Month as designated by then-President George W. Bush.
“My great president has asked Americans to donate, and I’m responding to my great president’s call. There’s always a need for blood,” she said.
Afterward, she picked out a T-shirt with the Texas Star on it, and when Bill T. Teague, then CEO of The Blood Center, asked if she wanted to get one for her husband, she said, “Well, no. He didn’t donate!”
Today, a picture of Barbara Bush with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center staff hangs in the waiting area of the Bill T. Teague Neighborhood Donor Center with the arm of the donor chair in which she sat.
“She was a delightful lady and treated all of us cordially and truly friendly,” Teague later said.
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.
We encourage others to continue her legacy of saving lives and Commit for Life. Visit giveblood.org for more information on how you can donate blood.