Cameron County sheriff's office to host blood drives

Cameron County sheriff's office to host blood drives
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Friday, April 4, 2014 - 5:11pm

For the first time, the Cameron County Sheriff's Office will be participating in the Third Annual International Blood Donation Marathon.

The blood drives will take place from nine to five on Tuesday and Saturday.

An international ambassador from Puerto Rico will be at the sheriff's office to kick off the event.

Members of United Blood Services say they are hoping to get upwards of 50,000 people to participate in the blood drive.

"A pint of blood means a life saved," said Cameron County sheriff Omar Lucio. "It is important that we realize that when someone donates something like that, they are probably saving the life of some individual, not only here, but probably in the rest of the county or the state."

"They gotta come from somewhere," said United Blood Services center director Frank Esparza. "A lot of it comes from the local high schools. They are our primary supplier of blood. They typically give us about 35 percent of their blood."

The sheriff's office is offering free transportation to anyone who does not have access to a vehicle but is willing to donate blood.

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