CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coastal Bend Blood Center's mission is to save lives, and they have continued to do that for more than 40 years.
On Friday, the Blood Center received extra help from the community during their first ever O Snap! Blood Drive right here at the Kiii-TV studios.
"If I ever need it, I hope someone would donate for me," donor Theresa Blount said.
The Coastal Bend Blood Center hopes to keep blood supply at an all-time high, especially with universal type O+ and O-.
"It doesn't hurt much. If you know it's going to help someone, it's the best thing to do," Blount said.
Donating only takes 30 minutes, and the process is quick and painless.
"I don't like needles but if you want to donate you got to get a needle," first-time donor Jacob Martinez said. "If you can take a mosquito bite you can take this."
First-time donors felt the call to action and put their nerves at ease and saved lives.
"You know, you never know when you might save somebody's life," Martinez said. "In the process, you can help somebody else. You might need help too, one day."
Nueces County Sheriff J.C. Hooper donated platelets to the Center early in March, which went back to helping cancer patients in the community.
"This is definitely your treasure. I mean it's something we all have, and it's painless," Hooper said.
According to Hooper, it's the blood on the shelves that is making a difference.
"There's a need for blood, and there are certain times of the year where there's a shortage," Hooper said.
The donor becomes the everyday hero.
"It's just a good feeling to know that you can do something today that's going to be a life-changing tool tomorrow," Hooper said.