On Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9, blood donors can make an even bigger difference by helping the hungry. LifeShare Blood Centers will be donating a food item to the Southeast Texas Food Bank for every blood donation LifeShare collected during these days.

“Just like blood banks struggle to meet the communities’ needs during the holidays, we know the food banks need support as well. Our blood donors care about their community, that’s why they give. In honor of the donors this weekend, LifeShare is making their donation go a little further by helping the hungry as well,” said Jimmy Sparks, Donor Recruitment Coordinator at LifeShare Blood Centers.

The blood supply level often falls during the winter months, presumably because of additional holiday activities and seasonal illnesses. Yet, maintaining a voluntarily donated blood supply is vital for many necessary and life-saving medical procedures.

The LifeShare Blood Centers’ Beaumont location is at 4305 Laurel St. and is open 8:00a.m. – noon Saturday, Dec. 8.

Blood drives will also take place on Sunday, Dec. 9 at:

Wesley United Methodist Church, Beaumont, Texas

Central Baptist Church, Port Arthur, Texas

First Baptist Church, Jasper, Texas

Crestwood Baptist Church, Lumberton, Texas

Visit www.lifeshare.org or call 800-256-4483 for hours and local blood drives.

LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.

Southeast Texas Food Bank is a nonprofit organization providing approximately 200,000 meals to people in need each month through its member agencies. The organization serves the counties of Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Sabine and Tyler. For more information visit setxfoodbank.org or call 409-839-8777.