Kilgore Community Blood Drive

Longtime Kilgore Rotarian Bob Miracle is the first donor of the October 12, 2013, blood drive. Bob donated two units of red cells, what 90% of recipients are said to need most.

On October 12, 2013, Longtime Kilgore Rotarian Bob Miracle was the first donor of the first blood drive blood drive. Bob donated two units of red cells, what 90% of recipients are said to need most.

On Saturday, October 07, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pilgrim Lutheran Church and the Rotary Club of Kilgore, in connection with The Blood Center East Texas, are hosting their 17th Quarterly Kilgore Community Blood Drive at 713 Florey Street in Kilgore (see map at right).  All those eligible, of any blood type, may donate; walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended (to schedule an appointment, sign yourself up here, or contact the church office using the information at right). If the drive collects 25 units or more, donors or donor-recruiters drawn at random will be blessed with a total of $500 in cash prizes, thanks to Citizens Bank of Kilgore. (Thanks to another sponsor, $25 in cash will be given away if the drive collects fewer than 25 units.)

Are you willing and able to donate? In general, eligible donors have an official photo ID, are at least 16 years old (a parental-consent form is here; there is no upper age limit), are in good general health and feel well that day, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and are not temporarily or permanently disqualified for other reasons. (Rules change, so a donor previously ineligible may now be eligible. To check your eligibility before the drive, call 877-482-5663 or 713-790-1200 during from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email anytime for a response within 24 hours.) Even if you yourself cannot donate, you can support the drive in other ways, such as by encouraging others who can donate to do so. On average, donating takes less than 1 hour for the whole process, with the actual donation taking only 6-10 minutes.

As even the Bible says, life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11). A single donation, in fact, can save three lives! And, there is no reason to be afraid of donating: the process is safe (for example, you cannot get AIDS or any other disease from giving blood). In addition to a good feeling from contributing to the community, donors can be rewarded with points that can be redeemed or saved. (See more at Commit for Life.)

A Carter BloodCare phlebotomist checks the flow of blood from one of the donors at the October 12, 2013, Kilgore Community Blooddrive. Each unit of whole blood can touch three lives!

A Carter BloodCare phlebotomist checks the flow of blood from one of the donors at the October 12, 2013, Kilgore Community Blooddrive. Each unit of whole blood can touch three lives!

There is a regular need for blood in East Texas, and the different blood collection agencies that work in our region share resources across their usual boundaries after a major event or when a specific type is low. On average, there are not enough donors to meet daily needs. Given such short supply, blood is typically transfused within 36 to 72 hours of being donated.

This particular drive makes donating more convenient for those in Kilgore. The closest collection centers are in Tyler and Longview. Mobile drives are held in Kilgore somewhat regularly for certain groups and as needed for the public,  but the community had not previously had a regular community drive open to the general public. The Pilgrim congregation and the Rotary Club are hosting such a community drive once every three months, so Kilgore donors, by coming to each drive, can easily donate four times per year.  Whole-blood donors generally are eligible to donate every two months (once every 56 days).

Blue crossPilgrim Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod that has been a part of Kilgore since 1952. The congregation’s mission is to glorify God in proclaiming the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ with Word and deed in their midst, in their community, and throughout the world. Showing God’s love by serving the community through projects such as this blood drive is a part of that mission.

rotary_logo-719376Kilgore Rotary Club (Club #1868) consists of professional men and women dedicated to service in their community and around the world. The Club is part of the NE Texas, SE Oklahoma, and SW Arkansas region (District #5830) and Rotary International. The larger organizations have challenged each Rotary Club to host blood drives and encourage competition between nearby Clubs, comparing the ratios of donated units to Club members.

The Blood Center East Texas is the local community blood center and primary supplier of blood products to seven hospitals and healthcare facilities in the six East Texas counties surrounding Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Founded in 1980 under the Nacogdoches Memorial Foundation, The Blood Center East Texas became an affiliate of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in 1995. Pilgrim Lutheran Church and the Kilgore Rotary Club are excited to partner with The Blood Center of East Texas for their 15th and following Quarterly Kilgore Community Blood Drives.

Please donate in or otherwise support this Kilgore drive! To schedule an appointment, click here or contact the church office using the information at the right.

Read the Kilgore News Herald’s coverage of the Kilgore Community Blood Drives here. You may also wish to read Pastor Galler’s newspaper columns about giving blood: “Life is in the blood“, “The Gift of Jesus’s Blood“, “It’s the real thing!“, “Blood is always a valuable gift“, “The sacrifice of human blood“, “Drops of blood to start new year“, “The ‘business’ of blood“, “Living Sacrifices“, “Blood and instants“,”What flesh and blood cannot do“,”Shedding versus giving blood“,”Demand and supply for Christ’s blood and ours“,”Sufficient blood for life“, and “Blood for transfusing and otherwise saving lives“.