HCU Partners with KPRC to Host Blood Drive to Save Lives

For the second consecutive year, has joined forces with (HCU) to host a campus blood drive benefitting the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

The day-long blood drive resulted in 20 units of life-giving blood to meet the growing need for blood in the community.

Cameron Palmer, a public relations specialist for the , expressed excitement about HCU’s involvement in KPRC’s annual blood drive. The drive is one of many held at locations throughout the city of Houston and beyond.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ƶ for this blood drive. The dedication of HCU’s students, faculty, and staff to donating blood plays a crucial role in our community. Our goal is to ensure a steady supply of blood for patients in need, and blood drives like this are vital in making that possible,” said Palmer.

She emphasized the Center’s need for donors during the summer months when donations tend to decrease.

“Donations are particularly important during the summer months when blood supplies often dwindle due to schools being out, people traveling, and irregular schedules. By donating blood, you are directly contributing to saving lives in our community.”

According to the Center, about 1,000 donations are needed every day to help save lives in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Denisse Roman, an Administrative Analyst in the Linda Dunham School of Nursing at HCU, understands the need and rolled up her sleeve to take part in this year’s drive.

“This was my second time ever donating red blood cells and plasma. The staff on site were so nice and ready to answer any questions. Even with the heat, there were zero complaints from anyone on that bus. My favorite part though has always been running into coworkers or other students – nursing students really showed up this go around,” said Roman.

Leonard Leynes, a phlebotomist and mobile blood drive trainer, has worked for the for the past 2 ½ years and values the opportunity to work in a job that allows him to make a difference. He  and members of the mobile blood drive team welcomed individuals who came to donate blood, whether first time or returning donors.

“Today’s drive was a success and we appreciate those who came out today despite the heat,” said Leynes of the turnout. “I enjoyed meeting a lot of donors and it really means a lot to me to help collect blood and save lives.”