There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.
L ed by our Health Program Director Pat Stepniewski, this past Sunday our Council sponsored our annual summer Blood Drive with services provided by Carter BloodCare, and in doing so offered the opportunity for members of our community to help save lives. Andy Goza manned the reception desk and greeted donors with his usual quick wit and good humor, something which he knows very well puts people at ease. Pat and Andy were assisted by Jeff Miller, John Espree, Art Senato and Jorge Ruiz.
We ended up with 29 donors, 6 of which were “Double Reds” and as such are counted twice, so our final number of donor units was 35.
Carter BloodCare (CBC) operates 25 mobile units like the one that serviced our parish today. They carry in their trucks some pretty sophisticated medical and communications equipment, including a portable router so they can create a network and establish and share internet access across all their devices. And everyone must be up very early on a Sunday morning in order to get everything ready to get started by 8:00AM. The CBC technicians all seemed very knowledgeable of their trade and conducted themselves very professionally. This mobile unit team was supervised by Ashley, who although young in years is a veteran of many blood drives in our area. Accompanying the technicians was Marty Stone, a P.R. Consultant of sorts whose main function is to mingle with donors, observe them while they recover and relax enjoying the fresh fruit, juice and donuts which they have truly earned. Indeed, this was a very well run blood drive.
Did You Know?
- Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood components and transfusion services for approximately 300 Texas health care facilities. Among them are children’s hospitals, central trauma centers, major cancer centers, and transplant centers.
- Carter BloodCare operates 25 Mobile Units, like the one that served us this Sunday, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. They operate an average of 25-30 daily blood drives in the community and their goal is to register about 1,100 blood donors each day.
- Last year, Carter BloodCare provided more than 300,000 blood components for area patients. Physicians order blood for up to 800 patients each day within Carter BloodCare’s service area.
- Carter BloodCare has a network of more than two dozen Donor Centers throughout North, Central and East Texas.
Council 8157 was represented by:
- Jeff Miller
- Andy Goza
- Pat Stepniewski
- John Espree
- Art Senato
- Jorge & Kathie Ruiz
- David & Veronica Ybarra
- David Dybala