The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is asking community members to share their love by giving blood during the month of Valentine's Day.
After hosting a blood donation event on Wednesday at the Historic Heights Fire Station, located at 107 W. 12th St., the HHA has two more blood drives scheduled during February. The next event is Thursday, Feb. 18, followed by another blood drive a week later on Feb. 25.
Both upcoming events will be held from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with three donation slots available every 15 minutes. Online registration is required. Those who wish to donate blood can sign up for a slot at https://www.commitforlife.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/329145 for Feb. 18 and at https://www.commitforlife.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/331610 for Feb. 25.
The HHA began hosting blood drives last May and has become a hub of sorts for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, which provides blood for 140 hospitals in 26 counties in the Houston region. Each donation can save three lives, because a pint of donated blood can be mined for plasma, platelets and red blood cells.
All donors are required to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and masks will be provided to those who do not have one. Donors also will receive free COVID-19 antibody tests.
For more information about donating blood at the Heights Fire Station, email HHA executive director Emily Guyre at email@example.com.