There was a two-and-a-half-hour long wait at our Clear Lake Neighborhood Donor Center in the hours after the Santa Fe tragedy May 18. Even as many stood in the heat to offer up their blood, others took to social media to see where they could donate.
Everyone just wanted to do something; they wanted to help. In the week after May 18, nearly 6,000 people donated blood through the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
It is amazing to see, firsthand, the heart of Houston and the surrounding area. It’s similar to what we all saw last year during Hurricane Harvey with people in boats doing everything they can to save strangers while others lined up to donate blood.
I love being a part of this community. When things get tough, Houston gets tougher.
We never know when the next tragedy will strike, but we have to be ready when it does come. Everyone who donated during the days and weeks after the Santa Fe tragedy helped us rebuild our blood supply, so that we could be ready to respond to the everyday traumas and procedures for which we supply blood. We are incredibly grateful for that gift.
And we still need help. Every day, people with cancer need platelets or red blood cells. Every day, there are wrecks and accidents for which people need blood. Every day, there are mothers who have complications during birth, start hemorrhaging and need red blood cells.
Our donors are needed, our donors are valued and our donors help save lives — every day.
Thank you. It is because of our donors that children at Texas Children’s Hospital get to grow up. It is because of our donors that moms get to raise their babies, and it is because of our donors that we were able to help save lives after the tragedy in Santa Fe.