EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - When the Extreme Makeover crew rolls through a town, they don't just want to build a house, but the community, as well.
The gauntlet was thrown at Thursday's pep rally. Producers with the show want to collect 800 units of blood and tons of food during the build.
Carter BloodCare East Texas joined forces with the East Texas Food Bank to conduct, simultaneous food and blood drives.
The last Extreme Makeover build brought in more than 100 tons of food.
Organizers said they are confident that East Texas can go beyond just helping one family. The goal is to help save hundreds of lives.
"Blood is a perishable item with a shelf life of so many days," explained Kim Peddy, with Carter BloodCare East Texas. "We need people coming in year-round, so this is a great thing for us."
Karolyn Davis with the Food Bank said there has been a 90 percent increase in families seeking emergency food assistance in the past four years. "We encourage East Texans to go that extra mile," she said.
The on-site mobile food drive begins February 27th and runs thru March 1st. You can also donate at the Tyler and Longview Donor Center from February 27th thru March 4th.
Food donations can be made at any Brookshire's or Super One Foods store beginning February 27th thru March 6th.
Building volunteers will also be able to drop off donations at the construction site.
Thanks to your generosity and enthusiasm, the Extreme team already has plenty of unskilled volunteers signed up. They are still in need of "skilled" professionals. All skilled construction people can sign up to help by clicking here.
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