10 August 2018
Winners announced: 15th Annual H-E-B Challenge blood drives

Ice cream party in store for participants at top-performing grocery stores



For Immediate Release

Linda Goelzer
817.412.5314/cell 817.709.9103

Winners announced: 15th Annual H-E-B Challenge blood drives

Ice cream party in store for participants at top-performing grocery stores

WACO, Texas (August 6, 2018) – It is a celebration of life for H-E-B and its employees who helped to save approximately 1,833 lives this summer. The grocery chain dedicated 16 days for blood drives in 23 stores in north and central Texas. They call it the H-E-B Challenge because employees in participating stores challenge each other to see which store can attract the most blood donos – and also which one can attract the greatest percentage of donors per store size.

One pint of donated blood can help save at least three lives. This year’s H-E-B Challenge resulted in 611 pints of lifesaving blood given for Carter BloodCare this summer, which is one of the most difficult times of year to encourage blood donation. Store employees compete for a traveling trophy and an ice cream sundae party.

This year’s winner for the highest number of blood donors seen is H-E-B Wooded Acres, where 73 pints donated meant saving 219 lives. Gatesville (at 56 pints) and Valley Mills (at 49 pints) also received nods for second and third place, respectively, for their communities’ incredible donor numbers.

Gatesville H-E-B store won the best participation award with a 59 percent participation rate, followed by Mexia and Ennis stores with 27 and 23 percent, respectively.

“H-E-B Grocery was the first corporate partner of Carter BloodCare when the blood program moved into central Texas in 2000,” said Vickie Carpenter, manager of Mobile Collections for Carter BloodCare in central Texas. “We are grateful for H-E-B’s dedication to blood donation. The company’s employees like to give back to their communities and they are willing to invite the citizens of their towns to give blood during a vitally important time of year.”

The real winners of the H-E-B Challenge blood drives are the patients in local communities who receive these gifts of life. Since there is no substitute for human blood, volunteer blood donors are an essential link to a patient’s healing process. The dates for the 2019 H-E-B Challenge will be June 22 – July 7.

About Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $18 billion, operates more than 337 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 76,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities.