There has been a lot talk lately of why it's important to donate blood in our community not only to make sure there is plenty available for those who may need it during the Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts, but to make sure that we have a substantial amount of blood if needed in our area.

In a press release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Agents partnered with Houston’s local law enforcement to transport cases of donated blood, destined for a blood bank serving Hurricane Harvey victims on Aug. 29.

Agents flying in a Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter flew to a stranded truck west of Houston to pick up the cases of donated blood.  Air and Marine Agents and local law enforcement partners diligently worked in unison to load the cases of blood onto the Huey, for transport to a bank in downtown Houston.

Agents are trained and ready to support local, state and federal response efforts.  CBP’s highest priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, and the speedy recovery of the region.

Watch this video courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Remember, a lot of the regular blood donors in the hard hit areas in the South Texas are unable to donate because either the centers remain closed or they can't get there because of the flood waters. That's why they are dependent on the outlying areas to continue to help with blood donations.

You can donate blood at LifeShare Blood Center located at 1321 College Drive or you can reach them by calling 903-794-3173 or visit their website.