On Monday, Aug. 31, the community participated in a great exchange. While giving a pint of blood to The Blood Center East Texas at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in Lufkin, participants received a voucher for a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream.
For folks like Kellie Ramsey, a photographer and graphic designer, it means two things. “It means the great Blue Bell famine is almost over,” said Ramsey, who elected to donate blood and plasma. “But it’s not just about the ice cream,” she said, “I am helping someone else by giving and that’s pretty cool.”
With the pint that Ramsey donated, three lives could be saved. According to The Blood Center, every three seconds, someone needs blood and, while a majority of the population could give, only 5% do.
This makes the partnership between Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Blue Bell even sweeter.
“August has always been Blue Bell Month, and we decided to do this even before we knew Blue Bell would be back on line soon,” said Tina Alexander-Sellers, Chief Diversity Leader for CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial. “We believe in Blue Bell, we believe in this cause, and we appreciate everyone who came out to give.”
Misty Boggs is the Creative Director at MSGPR. She lives in Angelina County and recently earned her bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a minor in Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2020. She is currently working on obtaining her MBA from Lamar University. Between studying and working, she enjoys teaching her niece and nephew the fine art of never growing old.
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