TIKI ISLAND

A blood drive will be held at the Tiki Island City Hall, 802 Tiki Drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10. 

The blood drive comes after the University of Texas Medical Branch's decision to no longer accept blood donations.

Tiki Island resident John Casillo said he tried to donate blood last year at the medical branch and was told blood donations are no longer accepted.

The medical branch in 2016 decided to acquire the bulk of its blood products from external sources to ensure a secure and steady blood source, which follows a nationwide trend, medical branch spokesman Raul Reyes said.

"Most hospitals across the nation have transitioned away from local collection centers to refocus resources on direct patient care services," he said. "We did it because it was more efficient to do it this way."

The decision resulted in the closure of the medical branch's blood donor center at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston and halting blood donor collections at the Health Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic in League City, university officials said.

Blood donation services at Tiki Island will serve the part of the community that wants to help out, Casillo said. The event is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on the blood drive, call 281-795-3022.

Connor Behrens: 409-683-5241;

connor.behrens@galvnews.com

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Before coming to work for The Daily News as a staff reporter, Connor worked for us as a freelance correspondent throughout 2017. He has written for other publications such as the Washington Post.

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