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The Dallas Examiner | 6/9/2014, 2:33 p.m.
The American Red Cross has requested that all eligible donors help save lives by giving blood in honor of World ...

The Dallas Examiner


The American Red Cross has requested that all eligible donors help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day. Every year on June 14, countries from around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. The following are a few Dallas County locations where the public can donate blood:

June 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Faith Bible Church, 1437 W. Pleasant Run, DeSoto

June 2 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at ITT Technical Institute, 921 W. Belt Line Road, Suite 181, DeSoto

June 3 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LBJ Tower, 8930 LBJ Freeway

June 4 – 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hillside Village Shopping Center, 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane

June 9 – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Dallas Chapter, 4800 Harry Hines Blvd.

For a full list of dates, locations and to make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.


The Texas Department of Transportation’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign is currently underway. The epicenter of the initiative is a special period from May 19 through June 1 when Texas state troopers, police officers and sheriffs’ deputies are out in full force, ticketing drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing seat belts or whose children are not properly restrained in a booster seat or child-safety seat.

Many drivers are still unaware of safety belt requirements enacted into law in 2009. All passengers in the backseat must be buckled up and children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches.

Wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a serious crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 3,371 people killed in Texas in traffic crashes in 2013, approximately 1,500 motorists weren’t buckled up. Drivers and passengers who refuse to buckle up while riding in a motor vehicle can face fines of up to $200 per person including court costs.

For more information, visit http://www.clickitorticket.com.


On Monday, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency will award a federal grant of $148,284 to the Lancaster Fire Department. The funds will be used to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of the Lancaster Fire Department and emergency medical first responders.

“This is great news for the Lancaster Fire Department,” Johnson said. “Our firefighters are on the front lines every day risking their lives to keep us all safe. I am pleased that the department won this competitive grant that will be used to help meet the emergency response needs of our community.”

This grant was awarded as a part of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Congresswoman Johnson has been a strong advocate for grants to local first responders in the 30th Congressional District.