January 8, 2010


Houston, TX Bay Area (January 8, 2010) – With the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television crew in town for its 174th home build, the spirit of giving back to the community is in peak form. With over one thousand people looking to volunteer their time and talents supporting home construction, there are thousands more who can make a strong impact in additional ways.

In conjunction with this week-long home renovation project, citizens of Bay Area Houston are encouraged to give the gift of life during any one of the blood drives scheduled over the next week. The area is fortunate to have two important organizations, the American Red Cross and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, join forces to replenish area blood supply, much of it severely depleted last year by Hurricane Ike.
The following is a schedule of blood drives being held throughout the community:

Monday, January 11
Kemah Visitor’s Center at 603 Bradford in Kemah from 2:00-6:00pm
City of Dickinson at 4403 Hwy 3 in Dickinson from 8:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday, January 12
Kemah Visitor’s Center at 603 Bradford in Kemah from 12:00-6:00pm
League City City Hall at 300 W. Walker in League City from 8:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday, January 13
Two Corporate Plaza at 2625 Bay Area Blvd. in Houston from 8:00am-6:00pm
Thursday, January 14
Kemah Visitor’s Center at 603 Bradford in Kemah from 8:00am-6:00pm

About the American Red Cross:
How to Donate Blood:
Log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please text “redcross” to 42227, visit www.redcross.org or join their blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

About the University of Texas Medical Branch Blood Center:
The UTMB Blood Center provides blood and blood components to the patients it serves as well as the patients in Shriners Burns Hospital of Galveston. UTMB was severely impacted by Hurricane Ike and the Blood Center was one of the areas that endured the most damage. After losing two blood mobiles, many supplies and equipment, they are working hard to rebuild their blood donor program. UTMB is proud to introduce their brand new, state-of-the-art blood mobile to the local community. The UTMB Blood Center relies on organizations, businesses and schools throughout the entire Galveston County to support their needs of maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply.
To donate you must be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in general good health at the time of donation. Every donor must present photo identification at the time of donation.

For more information, please call 281.534.8836 or visit their website at www.utmb.edu/bb.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition:
The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now in its 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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