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Jeff Jordan, Hays County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Division deputy. PHOTO via HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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During a two-day period between Christmas and New Year’s, 73 people donated blood during a drive organized by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the Blood Center of Central Texas.

The goal of the drive was to accept at least 100 donors.

“As we start 2012, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the Blood Center of Central Texas are already planning to team-up for at least one blood drive each quarter,” said Jeff Jordan, Hays County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Division deputy. “While we are still in the planning stages, these events will be fun and helpful for the communities of Hays County and our fellow Central Texans.”

All donated blood went to area hospitals including Central Texas Medical Center, Seton Medical Center Hays, St. David’s, University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Donation sites were located at the Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos, H-E-B in Dripping Springs, Cabela’s in Buda, and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office in San Marcos.

Each blood donation can save as many as two lives, according to a factsheet published by the Blood Center of Central Texas. Donated blood is given to cancer patients, people who undergo surgery, and those recovering from physical trauma or other illnesses and injuries. Donations are needed each day to meet the needs of patients in the Blood Center of Central Texas’ 10-county service area, which includes more than 37 medical facilities Central Texas.

The hosts for Holiday Heroes Blood Drive were Cabela’s in Buda, HEB in Dripping Springs, and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office in San Marcos. Sponsors of the event included Cabela’s, Print This, Sac-n-Pac, Randolph Family Medicine, Seton Medical Center Hays, CFAN, Nutty Brown Café, Trattoria Lisina, and the Hays County Law Enforcement Association.

“The Blood Center of Central Texas and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the support of our citizens and businesses in helping to maintain the community blood supply and for spreading the word about the importance of blood donation,” Jordan said. “We would encourage as many as possible to continue to come out and help save a life and donate. Thank you for understanding that life is in your hands.”

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