Blood Drive Held To Celebrates One Girl's Life

Folks typically go to River Bend Nature Center to get the scoop on bugs.

But today some headed there to give blood.

A benefit blood drive was held to celebrate a young life that was cut short two years ago.

The mother of Peyton Hood says it's because her daughter was fascinated with butterflies.

A snake bite ended little Peyton's life two years ago.

So her mother decided to honor the upcoming anniversary of her daughter's death with a blood drive at River Bend Nature Center.

"Take a deep breathe let it out slow."

It's not something many of us like to do.

"You can open your hand and just give it a gentle squeeze every 5 or 10 seconds."

Most cringe at the thought of giving blood but for Kammy Hood who lost her 23 month year-old daughter, Peyton, to a snake bite two years ago, blood, gave her the chance to say goodbye .

"I got to be able to be there and hold her hand when she died and that was very important to me," Hood said.

She says donated blood allowed Peyton to live five hours longer, And Hood says time is precious.

"What greater gift can somebody give then some time, you're small amount of time today can give you a greater amount of time tomorrow," she said.

Which is why, for the first time I gave mine, and what i found out, "it's not that bad after all."

Blood is only a gift that you can give and since you never know when you or a loved one will need it. Hood says it's important to give while you can.

"Tomorrow it may be you, it may be you're loved one, it may be you're family, you're friend and if we don't have enough blood their is no substitute," she said.

The Hood family coordinated today's celebration drive with Texas Blood Institute and that drive generated 33 units of blood.

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