Hillcrest Lodge Blood Drive at NorthPark Mall in Dallas
Hillcrest Lodge recently participated in the Gift of Life Program by sponsoring a Blood Drive at North Park Mall in Dallas. We had about 15 members show up throughout the afternoon to man the tables, and talk to patrons of NorthPark mall about the cause. If volunteers were interested, the brethren of Hillcrest made sure they got to the donation bus with everything they needed.
The drive was a great success. Many times the units of blood that are taken can be broken down into platelets for cancer patients, plasma for burn patients and red cells for surgical patients. With the units provide, our Blood Drive had the potential to impact over 80 lives.
The Gift of Life Program is one of the most exciting and beneficial programs sponsored by the Masons of Texas. Gift of Life benefits the three fraternal hospitals: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, the Shrine Burn Center in Galveston and the Shrine Orthopedic Hospital in Houston, as well as community hospitals throughout the state.
Texas Masons began the Gift of Life Program 15 years ago in the North Texas area, and today, regional committees have expanded to Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley and the program continues to be part of a rich Masonic tradition of helping to meet healthcare needs.
Look for updates on additional Blood Drives sponsored by the Lodge and please consider coming out to help as well as donate.