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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:14 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS – ERA Colonial Real Estate sponsored a Scott & White blood drive on Thursday outside its office as a way to give a little more back to the community.

"We were just looking to give back to the community and what better way to give than donating blood," said Lisa Truitt, the ERA Colonial Real Estate agent who set up the event.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Scott & White mobile blood unit sat outside the ERA office attracting dozens of donors.

Scott & White hopes to conduct more blood drives at places like Colonial, said Regina Phinney, Scott & White manager of donor recruitment.

Scott & White purchased a new mobile blood unit in December. Small businesses typically don't have the capability to send their employees to a blood drive, but with the new unit, Scott & White can come to them, Phinney said.

The ERA blood drive brought in more than just its own employees. Robert Devou, of Killeen, saw the mobile blood unit, and decided to stop and donate.

"I donate blood regularly," Devou said. "They like my blood because it is type A negative."

While this was the first blood drive sponsored by ERA Colonial Real Estate, the business is hoping to do more.

Colonial Real Estate – with the help of Chick-fil-A, Jason's Deli and the Cookie Addiction – provided lunch for the donors. T-shirts and a chance to win a Wii Fit were given away.

But for Truitt it wasn't about the lunch or anything given away.

"Giving blood just gives you a good feeling about yourself," Truitt said. "It is a good feeling to know you contributed to it."

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@khdnews.com or (254) 501-7554.

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