Donors Make TECO’s Annual Blood Drive a Success

While the reasons to donate blood are many, the most important can’t be beat: Your blood can help save lives.

TECO has held an annual blood drive for the past 12 years. This year 14 employees participated, with nine donating whole blood, three donating double red cells and two donating plasma. All told, 17 pints of blood were donated for use in local hospitals.

Staffed by four employees from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, the drive was held on site at TECO for 4.5 hours October 10. “We’re grateful our donors were willing to take the time to participate,” says Linsey Whalen, human resources generalist. “We have a number of employees who donate elsewhere throughout the year, too. They are committed to helping those in need.”

TECO encourages you to check the blood donation center in your area to see how you can help. Individuals can safely donate blood every 56 days and platelets every seven days (up to 24 times a year). You may donate blood if you are 17 years of age in most states, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health.

Seven TECO employees are consistent contributors, participating in TECO’s blood drive each of the past three years: Ryan Doucet, Ross Goedeke, Sean Price, Timothy Reardon, Don Stowe, Karen Thomas and Scotty Walker.

 
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