The Carter Blood Drive bus was parked in front of the H-E-B at 2990 E. Business U.S. Highway. 190 on Monday, as part of a partnership between the two entities.

According to Bo Evans, a blood donor, H-E-B provided a free turkey to anyone donating blood during the drive that day.

“I don’t give as often as I should,” Evans said, “but the free turkey brought me in today.”

“H-E-B is a great partner. The H-E-B Challenge has been great for us,” said Vickie Carpenter, Carter Bloodcare’s manager of Central Texas operations.

The H-E-B Challenge and its travelling trophy are a friendly competition between H-E-B stores. The store with the most blood donations at their event gets possession of the trophy.

According to Jason Kaehler, an H-E-B store director and blood donor, depending on time and availability, 13 to 25 H-E-B employees may give blood at any one event.

“I have always donated blood and plasma since college. It’s a good cause,” Kaehler said.

Each person may donate about one pint or unit of blood as often as every 60 days.

Carpenter explained that people do not tend to donate blood as often during the holiday season. The drop in donations even for a short amount of time puts a strain on the hospital inventories.

Events such as the one at H-E-B help the hospitals get through the Thanksgiving holiday. The bus expected a collection of 15 to 30 units at Monday’s event, which will be distributed to area hospitals.

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