Blood drive

Carter Blood Care phlebotomist Diego Perez, left, draws blood from Eric Goderis during the H-E-B Plus blood drive on Saturday.

A blood drive held Saturday at H-E-B Plus! in Copperas Cove was a family affair for Candy Goderis, the store’s front end manager.

“I started (giving blood) with H-E-B four years ago for my cousin who suffers from aplastic anemia,” she said.

“She needs transfusions all the time, so I really understand what it means to someone who needs transfusion.”

Aplastic anemia is a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“We do this every three months with a goal of 20 people to donate, and anything more than that is amazing,” Goderis said.

The blood drive was conducted by Carter Blood Care.

Goderis’ son, Eric Goderis, has donated blood for the past two years at H-E-B sponsored blood drives.

“It’s something nice to do, and I’m helping out other people,” he said.

“Hopefully, I’m building good karma. People should at least try to donate, and if they are able to, they should. If they can’t, at least they tried.”

Copperas Cove resident Jason Miller said he has been donating blood since he was a teenager.

He continues to give blood as often as he can.

“My parents used to give blood,” he said. “They took me when I was a teenager and I’ve been giving ever since. I came out today, because Carter Blood Care sent me an email telling me I was eligible again and they would be in the area.”

Donors can go to for a list of Carter Blood Care blood drives or for information about Scott & White Blood Centers and drives.

Herald/ Kathryn Leisinger

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