Community Advocate Blood Drives

Our Community Advocates are volunteers who work in groups to promote their local donor center and host quarterly blood drives. All who succesfully donate and credit the Community Advocates will receive a Commit for Life gift.  

 

Saturday, January 19

CY-FAIR SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

The Cy-Fair Community Advocates will host a blood drive Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Cy-Fair Neighborhood Donor Center. All who successfully donate and credit the Community Advocates will receive a Make a Difference T-shirt.

CY-FAIR SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

 

Sunday, January 20

BAYTOWN SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

The Baytown Community Advocates will host a blood drive on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Baytown Neighborhood Donor Center. All who successfully donate and credit the Community Advocates will receive a Make a Difference T-shirt. 

BAYTOWN SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

 

Saturday, January 26

WESTCHASE SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

The Westchase Community Advocates will host a blood drive Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Westchase Neighborhood Donor Center. All who successfully donate and credit the Community Advocates will receive a Make a Difference T-shirt. 

WESTCHASE SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

 

Sunday, January 27

CHAMPIONS SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

The Champions Community Advocates will host a blood drive Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Champions Neighborhood Donor Center. All who successfully donate and credit the Community Advocates will receive a Make a Difference T-shirt. 

CHAMPIONS SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT

 

Our Neighborhood Donor Centers depends on volunteer support in many capacities, and we are always seeking more individuals to join us in helping save lives in the community. Community Advocates are focusing on increasing the number of new donors at the Neighborhood Donor Centers. They look for opportunities to educate individuals about the Commit for Life program and how they can help save lives!

SPECIFIC DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:

• Actively search for and attend community events to educate individuals about the need for blood donations and promote the Neighborhood Donor Center

• Attend monthly meetings

• Host quarterly Special Events at the Neighborhood Donor Center

• Post promotional materials around your community

• Search and secure community partners to sponsor Special Events

• Greet donors, offer refreshments and observe donors for potential post-donation reactions

• Thank donors for their life-saving donations.

Ready to start? Complete the Volunteer Orientation form and we will contact you to schedule your training!

Blood Center News
Have you given a Holiday Hug?

One of the best parts of the Holiday Hugs tradition is reading the notes our donors write for patients in the hospital over the holidays. It’s not an easy task as each patient has his or her own individual circumstance, so we’re restricted in which cards we tie to each bear. Still, many of our donors are well up to the task.

Every day, someone’s life is being saved.

By Tammie Riley 

I learned something the other day. Every day, someone’s life is being saved. I know that seems obvious, but let that sink in. What may be a normal Thursday for most could be something completely different for someone else. And that’s exactly what happened to donor Gary Gilson. Aug. 16 was one of the most important moments in Gary’s life. Not only did he save lives that day, but someone else saved the life of his loved one, as well.

Hospital tour highlights need

A 3-year-old girl lies in a hospital bed in the middle of the room with monitors attached to her bare chest. She’s awake, but she doesn’t lift her head as we walk into the room. Still, she follows us with her eyes. The only sound we hear from her is a small cough while a nurse comes in to check her stats.

 

The Blood Center teams up with Sickle Cell Association of Houston

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partnered with the Sickle Cell Association of Houston to host a blood drive Sept. 15 in recognition of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

Blood transfusion is one treatment used to combat complications from sickle cell disease, a form of anemia most likely to affect people of African descent. Prince and her now 27-year-old daughter, Quannecia McCruse, founded the Sickle Cell Association of Houston years ago to educate and provide resources to the community.

 

Drive and save lives

Penny, a local teacher with some free time over the summer, has helped us kick off our new Volunteer Driver program. Are you interested in joining us in our mission to save lives? Call us at (713) 791-6262 or email volunteering@giveblood.org.

Overcoming fear: Donating blood for the first time

I’m a scaredy-cat. I readily admit it. I hate needles. That’s always been my excuse for why I don’t volunteer for anything with a needle. Flu shot? No way. Vaccines? I still remember the sheer terror I felt from them growing up. 

We are always #HoustonStrong

We never know when the next tragedy will strike, but we have to be ready when it does come. 

Meet Eden

CYPRESS – There is nothing more American than baseball and saving lives. Everyone who participates in The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Home Run for Life competition will get a chance at both through June 30.

 

SuperMax is the hero Houston needs!

Max was born with a genetic disorder (neurofibromatosis type 1) that can cause tumors to grow on his nerve endings, and SuperMax has been his alter ego ever since. 

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.

 

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.

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