The Burleson Rotary Club and the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce joined the City of Burleson and Huguley Memorial Medical Center to sponsor a community-wide blood drive for the American Red Cross on January 19.
“The Burleson community really stepped up to the plate and helped with the everyday need for blood by encouraging community members to come and donate,” says Sheila Winans, American Red Cross donor recruitment representative. "We collected 46 units of blood, surpassing our goal of 42, and it's truly heartwarming to see a community work together to help save lives. The Red Cross appreciates the Burleson community for their generous act of kindness and we can't wait to come back."
Burleson blood donors Allison Hulcy and Lorrin Storey, a Purple Heart Veteran, each won two tickets to a Dallas Stars hockey game. The tickets were donated by Huguley Memorial Medical Center.
Because of the support that the American Red Cross gives our troops, the military was honored at the blood drive. Burleson veterans including Mo Baker and Jerod Bohon and veteran advocate Betty Shelton made appearances to support the blood donors. Many of those present wrote cards thanking the troops for their service. The cards will be sent to soldiers with care packages from Support Our Soldiers.
The blood drive was held at two locations: the Burleson Senior Activity Center and the Burleson Recreation Center (the BRiCk).
The City of Burleson has partnered with Huguley Memorial Medical Center on its Be Healthy Initiative, a community health awareness program. The purpose of Be Healthy is to keep citizens aware of events and educational opportunities in the community that focus on promoting the safety, wellness and health of Burleson’s community members and their families.
Huguley and the City of Burleson plan monthly events that address a broad range of wellness issues. Other organizations and businesses may join their efforts to promote the month’s planned program.
Upcoming Be Healthy events include a free women’s healthy heart awareness lunch on February 24, a nutrition awareness program with Harvest House in March, and a Safe Kids Fair in April. To learn more about the Be Healthy Initiative, including notification of events, go to www.burlesontx.com or call Victoria Sykes at 817-568-5497.