AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Blood Center of Central Texas said during the summer months blood supply always drops. Wednesday morning, the Travis County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the center in a blood drive to help prevent that issue.
This is the third annual blood drive with the the center. The center has it's mobile blood bus, which is hard to miss with it's colorful decor, parked outside the sheriff's office. County employees will help donate, but the sheriff's office hopes people from the community will come too.
The center needs 200 donations a day.
"We know that from being out there and seeing people who are in need at the time they're in need," said Roger Wade, spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff's Office. "This is important, we already give our sweat and our tears for this job and now we're going to give our blood."
MOBILE BLOOD DRIVE
- Travis County Sheriff's Office
- 5555 Airport Blvd.
- June 12, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Travis County Sheriff's Office Training Academy
- 3614 Bill Price Road
- 13th, from 6am - 8:15am and from 1pm - 3pm.
People who donate will also be eligible for a $500 Southwest gift card.
The Blood Center of Central Texas said it relies heavily on high school and college students through the year. The summer is always a challenge for them because everyone is on vacation.
Three years ago the Blood Center of Central Texas says the supply reached low levels. That's when the sheriff's office stepped up to the plate to help.
"Unfortunately the blood supply doesn't get to take a vacation but what we see in the summer is that people do, take a holiday, schools are our supply going down, but the need is the same, it doesn't take a holiday," said Andrea Lloyd, communication manger with the Blood Center of Central Texas.
The center said a pint of blood can save two lives. About every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion.
In Central Texas, right now the center is in need of O negative and platelets. Blood can't be manufactured -- it can only come from volunteer donors.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.