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Pearland gears up for potential ood bond program

Pearland has tasked city sta and a committee with identifying projects to be included in dierent potential bond packages that would cost $90 million, $120 million or $150 million, all with varying eects on the city's property tax rate. Each package includes projects from the previous bond bundle and adds additional projects. DRAINAGE FOR THE FUTURE

$0.005 tax rate increase $90M

$0.006 tax rate increase $120M

$0.007 tax rate increase $150M*

Had the city’s stormwater utility fee been enacted, it would have charged homeowners $5 per month and generated $5.25 million annually.

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The city of Pearland has started the process of considering a future drain- age bond package, which would be the city’s rst bond program since 2019 if it is approved. Pearland City Council at its Feb. 14 meeting opted to not pursue a storm- water utility fee that would have gone to voters in May’s ballot, which would have been one way for the city to gain funds for needed drainage improve- ment projects. “It is not a question of if more needs to be done,” Pearland CityManager Clay Pearson said. “It is how it gets done.” After residents, business owners, church leaders and school district o- cials pushed back on the fee, the city

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*$150 MILLION BOND PACKAGE IS NOT SHOWN ON THE MAP BECAUSE THE CITY HAS YET TO IDENTIFY PARTNER PROJECTS WITH BRAZORIA DRAINAGE DISTRICT NO. 4.

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A GROWING PROBLEM The number of children without placement in the Texas foster care system, or CWOP, has risen since 2020. The average number of days spent in CWOP rose from 2 days in February 2020 to 18.2 days in August 2021.

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The number of children without placement in the Texas foster care system has skyrocketed over the last two years, increasing by more than 1,100% since October 2019, according to data provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. According to DFPS ocials, individuals in the state’s foster care system receive a “childwithout placement” designation, or CWOP, when the state cannot nd a suitable and safe placement for that child, requiring the DFPS to provide temporary emergency care until a placement can be secured. Over the last two years, the state has increasingly relied on unli- censed placements—often motels or oce buildings—overseen by caseworkers. In October 2019, 32 children were in such place- ments statewide, according to DFPS data. By August 2021, the CONTINUED ON 24

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NOWOPEN 1 Gelatissimo opened in early February at the Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood, near Star Cinema Grill. The shop oers over 30 avors of gelato. 281-982-1201. www.facebook.com/ gelatissimobaybrookmall 2 All the Things Salon Suites opened in December at 8325 Broadway St., Ste. 208, Pearland. The business allows barbers, braiders and other hairstylists to lease suite space for their clients, according to owner Eryka Tyler. 713-444-7956. www.facebook.com/all-the-things-salon- suites-pearland-102811608588943 3 7 Spice Cajun opened Jan. 7 at 2701 Pearland Parkway, Ste. 160, Pearland. The Pearland Parkway location is 7 Spice’s 11th restaurant in the Greater Houston area and second in Pearland. 7 Spice oers

chicken tender dishes, fried seafood, crab and crawsh combos. 346-645-7742. www.7spicecajun.com 4 Virtuous Hair Salon on Jan. 13 held the grand opening of its second location at 2510 Smith Ranch Road, Ste. 106, Pearland. The salon oers shampoo treat- ments, haircuts, relaxers, extensions and 5 Mia Thai Tea held its grand opening Jan. 27 at 3220 Kirby Drive, Ste. 130, Pearland. The drink shop oers numerous items, including green teas, smoothies, boba drinks, slushies and yogurts. 337-428-9145. www.miathaitea.com 6 Miss A opened a location at Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friend- swood, in February. Miss A sells feminine products, including makeup, spa, eyelash, natural twists. 713-436-6563. www.virtuoushairsalon.com

skin care and household products. www.shopmissa.com COMING SOON 7 Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop will open in early 2022 at The Lawn at Baybrook Mall, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Ste. D103, Friendswood. The business sells pies in a variety of avors, including Southern custard, chocolate cream, key lime, peanut butter cream and chewy chocolate chip. The pie shop has locations across Texas and other states. www.buttermilkskypie.com 8 Mediterranean restaurant Portara Fresh is aiming to open in late March at 2740 Broadway St., Pearland, according to its Facebook page. Portara still has no ocial menu but has showcased a lamb burger and baklava in its social media pages. The ownership of this location is the same as Taglia Fresh Italian along

Dixie Farm Road in Pearland. www.eatportara.com

9 Mochinut is expected to open a location mid- to late March at 3414 Business Center Drive, Ste. 130, Pearland. The international chain has seven locations across the state. Mo- chinut oers its signature Mochi Donut, which is available in 25 dierent avors, and Korean hot dogs. No phone number for the Pearland location was available as of press time. www.mochinut.com 10 Bigotes Street Tacos is expected to open soon at the Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood, according to a mall manager. A timeline for the opening has not been revealed. The restaurant, which has locations in Tomball, Magnolia and the Woodlands Mall, serves tacos, tortas and burgers along with seafood, soups and desserts. www.bigotesstreettacos.com

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Pearland residents in the Shadow Creek Ranch area will soon have a new Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods in the area, towards the end of 2022. Pearland City Council at its Jan. 24 regular meeting passed a resolution in a 4-3 vote to grant a conditional- use permit that allows uses for a liquor or package store within the Shadow Creek Marketplace planned development district, clearing the way for a Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods store to open at 11023 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland. “I’m a free-market guy,” Council Member David Little said. “It’s not our job to pick winners and losers up here. That is for the market to decide.” The 12,663-square-foot building at 11023 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland, accounts for both spaces that housed the Fuddruckers and Luby’s restaurants, according to Jan. 24 agenda documents. The Luby’s and Fuddruckers locations closed in early February.

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Despite the passing of the resolution, it was not without some disagreement among some of the council members, who voiced concerns about the number of packaged stores on the west side of town. Council Members Alex Kamkar, Woody Owens and Adrian Hernandez voted against the resolution. City sta found one similar package store in the same shopping center, Big Bottle Liquor Store, and six stores within 3 miles of the subject property, according to agenda documents. “It’s turning into a mecca for packaged stores,” Owens said. www.specsonline.com

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11 MOD Pizza will open a new location in Pearland at 2810 Business Center Drive. The location is expected to open during the rst week of May. MOD Pizza is known for its individual, artisan-style pizzas and salads, from its signature menu items to customizable pizzas made by the customer. www.modpizza.com 12 A new Rapid Express Car Wash is un- der construction and expected to open at 1840 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, in 2022. Rapid Express Car Wash has two other Houston-area locations and oers various car washing services ranging from $6 to $30. www.rapidexpresscarwash.com ANNIVERSARIES 13 Pearland Psychiatric Associates in March reached its one-year anniver- sary at 2743 Smith Ranch Road, Ste. 101, Pearland. Pearland Psychiatric Associates has a team of board-certi- ed psychiatrists that oer services in mood disorders, such as bipolar, general anxiety and major depressive disorders. It also oers standard medication man-

agement and counseling and therapy for behavioral disorders. 281-778-9530. www.pearlandpsychiatricassociates.com NEWOWNERSHIP 14 Rustika Café and Bakery , lo- cated at 1302 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, went under new manage- ment at the end of 2021 and completed renovations in February. The business oers unique Jewish-Mexican items, such as chilaquiles, migas and matzah ball soup along with omelets, sandwich- es, salads and sweets. 281-947-8709. www.rustikacafe.com CLOSINGS 15 Zoës Kitchen , which has several locations in the Greater Houston area, closed its location at 11470 Broadway St., Ste. 140, Pearland, on Feb. 16. The restaurant chain began in Alabama, is now headquartered. It serves modern Mediterranean cuisine. Zoës Kitchen’s location in Webster will also close March 16. www.zoeskitchen.com

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NEWFRONTAGE ROAD The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking approval to construct a new frontage road adjacent to Hwy. 288.

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The Texas Department of Trans- portation is seeking public input on a proposed change to a Hwy. 288 improvement project that will add a southbound frontage road from north of Rodeo Palms Parkway to north of Hwy. 6. TxDOT representative Ian McBride gave a virtual presentation March 1 on the proposed change. The project is a part of an ongoing bigger program to improve Hwy. 288 from Hwy. 59 near downtown Houston to CR 60 in Brazoria County, McBride said. After more detailed engineering design and drainage studies, a change was proposed to construct a two-lane southbound frontage road north of Rodeo Palms Parkway to just north of Hwy. 6, McBride said. Additionally, it would include the construction of one stormwater detention pond northwest of Hwy. 288 and Rodeo Palms Parkway and three

detention swales between the south- bound frontage road and main lanes, according to McBride’s presentation. The frontage road would be within the right of way TxDOT already owns for the project, McBride added. The proposed road project is con- sistent with the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s long-range 2045 Regional Transportation plan, McBride said. If approved, the $38 million frontage road project would be funded by federal and state sources, McBride said. Following the public comment period, TxDOT will nalize design and environmental documentation, which is expected to take three months, he said. TxDOT will receive public comments on this project until March 18, McBride said. TxDOT is in the process of identify- ing any potential negative eects to the area, McBride said, which include

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MARCH 1. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT PLFNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Additionally, the project involved work at the Union Pacic Corp. rail- road crossing along FM 2234, TxDOT Public Information Ocer Danny Perez said. Timeline: February 2018-March 2022 Cost: $34.57 million Funding sources: federal and state funds FM 521 widening The Texas Department of Transporta- tion oversaw the widening of a four- lane divided thoroughfare near the westside of Pearland along FM 521 between the Beltway 8 and FM 2234.

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biological, community and water impacts as well as air quality and trac noise eects. A residential area near Rodeo Palms Parkway could be eligible for a noise barrier, he said. After that, TxDOT will request the change’s approval. Construction is expected to begin in late 2022 and will take 2 1/2 years to complete, McBride said. SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Primary elections for various local and state races occurred March 1. For positions covering Pearland and Friendswood, winners were announced, and none will be head- ing to runo elections. Brazoria County’s Precinct 2 commissioner race ended in another victory for Republican incumbent Ryan Cade. No Democrats ran for the position. “I am humbled and honored to have been re-elected,” Cade told Community Impact Newspaper in a text message late March 1. “We will continue to work hard for the citizens of Brazoria County. We do not take their trust and condence lightly.” Cade accumulated 64% of the votes, beating out challenger Dan Davis, who racked up 36% of the total votes. The race for the Republican nomination for Texas Senate District 11, which did not have an incum- bent run, was dominated by Mayes Middleton, who accumulated 62.7% of the vote in a four-candidate ballot. No Democrats ran for the seat. “Thank you to the voters of Brazoria, Galveston and Harris

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Harris said. The new planned residential development was originally pro- posed to include 260 single-family units and 100 townhomes; a recreation center; parks; hike and bike trails throughout the develop- ment; and amenity detention ponds, according to agenda documents presented at the meeting. Council members had quality of life concerns, such as the develop- ment’s proximity to the railroad and industrial businesses to the south on Industrial Drive. Additionally, the Pearland Chamber of Commerce is against reducing industrial zoning, chamber President Jim Johnson said at the meeting. However, several council members noted the difficulty in getting an industrial business to purchase that specific property throughout the years, which could signal that the city needs to change the land’s zoning. As of press time, the second reading of the ordinance to approve the zoning change has not been brought to council. Harris told Community Impact Newspaper in a written statement the project is still being pursued, and they have met with the Planning and Zoning Commission. Pearland City Manager Clay Pearson said there were concerns raised by the Pearland Fire Depart- ment about the development’s proximity to the railroad tracks and other items that need to be looked at. “It is in the developer’s court,” Pearson said. “There were some core concerns, even though it was advanced from first reading. Con- cerns were raised, and so it is up to the developer to address those.”

The city of Pearland could soon have 360 new residential units built less than a mile away from Pearland High School. Pearland City Council at its Jan. 10 regular meeting approved in a 4-3 vote the first reading of a zoning change from heavy industrial to a planned district for approximately 40 acres of property west of Hwy. 35, east of the nearby railroad tracks, around Bailey Road, and north of Industrial Drive. “We think this will be a great development in a great area and pro- vide a lot of tax dollars to the city of Pearland,” said Katy Harris, planning project manager at LJA Engineering, the applicant pursuing the project, according to agenda documents. Council was split on the approval of the rezoning. Council members Woody Owens, Trent Perez and David Little voted in favor of the ordinance, while members Alex Kamkar, Luke Orlando and Tony Carbone voted against it. Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole was the deciding vote in favor of the resolution because Council Member Adrian Hernandez was not at the meeting. Council approved the first reading with the expectation that the applicants will work with city staff to address comments and concerns pointed out by council members. The property has been zoned industrial, which is usually for businesses such as concrete batch plants, petroleum uses and chemical storage facilities, and has been vacant for over 40 years due to Beltway 8 luring more industrial development north of the city,

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24/7 air ambulance program staed with ight nurses, paramedics and pilots. The air service allows patients to get to facilities they need in a short time, said Katie Nabors, HCA Houston Healthcare adult team ight nurse. One of the rst AirLife helicopters was based at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas near the Texas Medical Center, Lee said. The decision was made to move a base to Pearland when HCA Houston Healthcare identied the need to add more trauma teams outside of the inner city in Houston, he said. Since then, HCA Houston Healthcare’s AirLife has provided Pearland and the southeastern Houston region with a much-needed service, Lee said—a sentiment shared by the AirLife crew. “I think it is an honor to be a part of somebody’s worst day and to be there in the nitty gritty and make their day better and save their lives,” Nabors said. AirLife has multiple teams, such as

a specialty pediatric team that focuses on hospital-to-hospital transfers. Another team focuses on trauma responses, which includes deploy- ing to on-scene calls, Nabors said. AirLife has landed in elds, highways, roadways and parking lots. As long as the helicopter has a 100-square-foot space, it can land, she said. AirLife focuses on taking patients to where the service they need is available even if in some cases it is not an HCA Houston Healthcare facility, Lee said. If a patient has a stroke, they need to be taken to a stroke center to save their brain tissue. If it is a heart attack, they need a facility to open up blood vessels, Nabors said. As HCA Houston Healthcare contin- ues to expand both its AirLife program and other facilities, the focus contin- ues to be on serving the communities they are in, Lee said. “When we have scene ights and we make the dierence between life and death, we can’t put a price on that,” AirLife pilot Erik Kessler said.

After eight months of serving out of the Pearland community, HCA Houston Healthcare’s AirLife program has expanded again, opening its third helicopter base in late January in the city of Liberty. HCA Houston Healthcare also has a base in Conroe, said Annette Garber, HCA Houston Healthcare’s media relations director. When HCA Houston Healthcare opened its AirLife air and ground base in Pearland in summer 2021, the goal was to expand service to communities outside of the immediate downtown Houston area, said Jared Lee, the director of business development for AirLife medical transport. “The proximity of this aircraft to the southern reaches of Brazoria County and area [emergency medical services] certainly enhances the overall access to care for patients requiring rapid transport to a higher level of care,” said DavidWagner, the CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland. AirLife is HCA Houston Healthcare’s

HCA’s AirLife service in Pearland launched in summer 2021. ANDY YANEZCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER AIRLIFE SERVICES

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Pearland City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Meetings are streamed and available at www. pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council will meet April 4 at 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. A time for the meeting will be determined a week before the meeting. Meeting recordings are posted to the city’s YouTube channel. Friendswood ISD will meet at 5:45 p.m. April 11 at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood. Pearland ISD will meet at 5 p.m. April 12 at 1928 N. Main St., Pearland. Meetings are streamed at www.youtube.com/user/ thepearlandisd. Alvin ISD will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 in the Liberty Alumni Hall, 10855 Iowa Colony Blvd., Iowa Colony. MEETINGSWE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW in Pearland this spring. 4 CITY HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDSWOOD The city of Friendswood has progressed on several flood control projects. The new facilities will be unveiled Clear Creek utility relocation, a $1.5 million project, has finished its engineering design and had its permits approved. The $3.5 million Forest Bend detention basin project had its engineering plans approved as well. It is expected the council will award a contract in April or May with construction taking about 10 months. The FM 1959 detention basin is now being estimated to cost around $38 million despite the original estimate being $30 million to $36 million. The detention basin, located near the border of Friendswood and Pearland, would reduce the risk of flooding for Friendswood as well as providing recreational opportunities.

Pearland sets dates for openings of 4 facilities

INCOMING FACILITIES The city of Pearland will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies for four new facilities in March and April.

3 Pearland Fire Station No. 4 1 Phase 2 of Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch

2 West Pearland Library

4 Shari D. Coleman Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

BY ANDY YANEZ

PEARLAND The newWest Pearland Library, Phase 2 of the Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch, Fire Station No. 4, and the Shari D. Coleman Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies in March and April, according to a press release. The $21.89 millionWest Pearland Library, which will be located at the northwest corner of Shadow Creek Parkway and Kirby Drive, is expected to hold its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. April 9, according to the release. The city will hold the ribbon-cutting for Phase 2 of the Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch on March 12 at 9 a.m. It cost $10.02 million. The city will also host the ground- breaking ceremony for the all-inclusive playground at the sports complex. Lastly, both the $8.32 million Fire Station No. 4 and

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the $9.94 million Shari D. Coleman Animal Shelter and Adoption Center are expected to hold their ribbon-cut- ting ceremonies in April as well, but the city has not yet announced exact dates.

Pearland ISDboard approves rezoning of elementary schools

Friendswood ISD enacts GPA changes

REZONED STUDENTS Pearland ISD’s board of trustees rezoned four different areas across the district for the 2022-23 school year to alleviate capacity issues at Magnolia Elementary. Number of students rezoned* Elementary to C.J. Harris Elementary 30 from Magnolia Elementary to H.C. Carleston Elementary 92 from M​ agnolia Elementary to Massey Ranch Elementary 91 from Barbara Cockrell

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FRIENDSWOOD ISD How GPA is calculated for incoming fresh- man at Friendswood High School has changed. Due to the Friendswood ISD board of trustees’ vote Feb. 14, now, only five classes—English, mathematics, science, social studies and foreign language—will be calculated toward students’ ranked GPA. Additionally, all ranked GPA courses, summer school and corre- spondence courses of the five core classes will count toward students’ ranked GPA. exemption policies will be removed, which means dual

BY ANDY YANEZ

PEARLAND ISD Elementary school attendance boundaries will look different for Pearland ISD’s 2022-23 school year. At the Feb. 8 PISD board of trustees meeting, trustees approved rezoning four different ele- mentary schools, moving roughly 100 students fromMagnolia Elementary to Massey Ranch Elementary and H.C. Carleston Elementary. The adoption of the new plan stemmed fromMagnolia Elementary being above 95% capacity for the last several years. The campus was projected to be above 100% capacity for upcoming school years—including

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BRINGING IN BLOOD

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, an area nonprofit that provides blood to Houston and its surrounding communities, is nearing a shortage of blood supplies for the roughly 170 hospitals it serves across 26 Texas counties. Here is a look at how blood donations are used and how residents can help.

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BLOOD TYPE BREAKDOWN

TRACKING TRANSFUSIONS

According to the GCRBC, the percentage of Americans who will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives greatly outweighs the percentage of Americans who donate blood.

There are four major blood groups determined by the presence or absence of two antigens, A and B, on the surface of red blood cells. Additionally, the presence or absence of a protein called the Rh factor determines whether the blood type is positive or negative.

Rh-negative blood can only be given to Rh-negative patients, while Rh-positive or Rh-negative blood types can be given to Rh-positive patients, meaning O- blood types can be given to all four blood groups, and patients with an AB- blood type can receive blood from all four groups.

1 in 20 people will donate blood at some point in their life. 1 in 7 people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life.

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The GCRBC has 17 permanent donor centers across Southeast Texas in addition to mobile blood drives hosted across the area on a daily basis. Pearland Neighborhood Donor Center 9223 W. Broadway St., Ste. 119, Pearland 713-436-7722 First Baptist Church - Friendswood on March 16 202 E. Heritage Drive, WHERE TO DONATE?

Anyone who is age 17 or older may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals who are 16 years old may be eligible to donate with parental consent. WHO CAN DONATE? Donors who are age 19 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds. Whole-blood donors who are age 16 must weigh at least 120 pounds. Whole-blood and automated donors who are ages 17-18 and male must weigh at least 115 pounds; female donors must weigh at least 120 pounds. Donors must be in general good health without any cold or flu symptoms. Donors who have COVID-19 or a positive test for COVID-19 must wait 10 days and be

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42% of U.S. population

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832-406-7350 The Harbor on March 27 2821 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood 281-388-3500 Southeast Church of Christ on March 27 2400 W. Bay Area Blvd., Friendswood 281-992-2168 St. Helen Catholic Church on March 27 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland 281-485-2421

10% of U.S. population

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3.4% 0.6%

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4% of U.S. population

Friendswood 281-482-7573 PJ’s Pearland on March 18 12640 Broadway St., Pearland For a complete list of donation sites, visit www.commitforlife.org .

RH+ 85%

RH- 15%

asymptomatic prior to donating. Donors must bring a valid photo ID.

SOURCES: AMERICAN RED CROSS, GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER, STANFORD MEDICINE BLOOD CENTER/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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