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Unlocking Knowledge - Detecting the Trait
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center joins the nationwide effort to raise awareness and promote understanding of sickle cell disease (SCD) during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. As a part of our campaign, we emphasize the community's vital role in treating this disease through blood donations. Additionally, we are introducing a sickle cell trait screening for all Black donors during the month.
Let’s Get Straight to the Pint This August
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is thrilled to announce the continuation of its longstanding partnership with Blue Bell Creameries as they celebrate an impressive three decades of collaboration this August during our highly anticipated annual Pint for Pint promotion.
Black Bear Diner
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is thrilled to announce its renewed partnership with Black Bear Diner for the second time in 2023, making another joint effort focused on saving lives in our community. Together, we work to recognize and appreciate blood donors while promoting the importance of blood donations during the summer months.
Working Together for Our Community
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce its partnership with Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana for an impactful summer blood drive. This collaborative effort highlights the crucial significance of donating blood during the summer months and emphasizes the power of non-profit collaborations in addressing community needs.
Taking Blood Donation to a Whole New Reality
As part of World Blood Donor Day 2023 (June 14), Abbott and the Blood Centers of America (BCA) are introducing a first-of-its-kind mixed reality experience for use during blood donation. The mixed reality technology is an immersive digital experience designed to improve the blood donation process, attract new donors and motivate a younger generation to give blood. Donors wear the mixed reality headset to visit a digital world while remaining fully aware of their surroundings.
Giving Back to Those Who Have Served This Memorial Day
This Memorial Day weekend, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is supporting the Special Operations Patriots Fund to encourage blood donations and raise funds for our veterans and their families in need. From May 26-29, 2023, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will donate $5 to the Special Operations Patriots Fund for every successful blood donation.
Volunteering - Making an Impact on Your Community
Celebrate the impact and power of volunteer services in our community during Volunteer Week, April 16-22. Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism and volunteering in our communities. During this special week, we highlight our volunteer program and the many ways our volunteers have contributed to our mission to save lives.
Blood Donor Ban Lifted for Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to welcome more donors to help save lives! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed a two-decade-long rule that previously deferred donors from donating blood for time spent in Europe due to concerns about transmitting a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) through blood transfusions.
vCJD donors update
Donors who have traveled or lived in the United Kingdom, France, or Ireland can now donate blood and help save lives! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has removed deferrals for anyone who has lived or traveled to Europe following new guidance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The deferral was related to a theoretical risk of transmitting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) through blood transfusions.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Welcomes Donors to New Facility
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center invites you to join us on March 20, 2023, at 1 p.m. for our grand opening event at our new Brazos Valley Area donor center, located at 1015 Krenek Tap Rd, College Station, TX 77840.
Keeping Our Blood Supply Strong During Spring Break
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is calling on the community to donate blood during spring break to ensure that blood is readily available for patients in need. Spring break is a time of rest and relaxation; however, accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, and blood donations are needed to save lives.
A Celebration of Life Event 2023
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is celebrating our annual “A Celebration of Life” event on February 16, 2023. Our A Celebration of Life is designed to recognize and celebrate the groups that have dedicated themselves to saving lives through blood drives. As part of the event, we also invite a blood recipient to talk about their story and how blood donations have impacted their life.
Contributions, Sacrifices and Achievements
February is Black History Month, and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is honoring the achievements and remarkable contributions of Black Americans in our community. Each year, we strive to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles Drew, the father of blood banking and a pioneer in blood storage techniques, as we encourage our community to keep his legacy alive by donating blood.
Proposed FDA Guidance on Blood Donations
The long-awaited change is near! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is reviewing the new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that could ease restrictions on gay and bisexual men as blood donors. The FDA’s proposal to move to an assessment of sexual behavior of individuals, regardless of gender, will maintain the safety of our nation’s blood supply while treating all donors with the fairness, equality, and respect they deserve.
Beads and Saving Lives: It’s a Mardi Gras Thing
Let the good times roll! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Mardi Gras! Galveston has partnered for another year to save lives and help replenish our community's ongoing need for blood. Donors will receive a ticket to Mardi Gras! Galveston 2023 when they successfully donate blood from January 30 to February 6, 2023.
One Hour Changes Everything
January is National Blood Donor Month, and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is celebrating blood donors and encouraging our community to roll up their sleeves and donate blood in an effort to replenish our on-hand blood supply for the many patients in need. The need for blood donors is essential and one hour of your time changes everything.
BEARing Gifts – A Season of Giving
'Tis the season of giving back as Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center expands its Holiday Hugs tradition by partnering with BE A Resource for CPS Kids (BEAR) for a holiday toy drive. Donors will have an added opportunity to bring holiday cheer to children in need, Nov. 1-Dec.31, 2022.
Think Pink and Donate Blood
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is raising awareness and asking our community to donate blood this October to help replenish the ongoing needs and to raise awareness for a disease that affects millions of women each year, breast cancer.