Responding to the need for blood donations

By: LTC Cendy Antley

Photo of blood donation by SGT Angela SargentROUND ROCK, Texas – Responding to the need for blood donations for the victims of the recent SXSW tragedy, members of the Texas State Guard, 2nd Regiment answered the call.  On Friday, March 14, 2014 three members including SGT Angela Sargent (shown) and SSG Kevin Faure donated blood prior to their monthly drill.

The lobby in the Blood Center of Central Texas was filled when the soldiers arrived which staff stated was unusual except when events like this occur.  When asked why she felt compelled to donate, SGT Sargent responded, “The events that happened downtown caused a depletion in blood supply.  When I saw the request for more donations, I knew I had to help.”  This is just one example of the overwhelming spirit of State Guardsmen who are always willing to help a fellow Texan….or someone just visiting.