Blood drive turnout continues support for Teekells

Published 12:14 am Saturday, April 21, 2018

LAPLACE — More than 40 people donated to a replacement blood drive hosted by the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Thursday at the Percy Hebert building in LaPlace.

Madison Wilson and Autumn Teekell take a moment to smile at Thursday’s blood drive sponsored by the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Benjamin Teekell was involved in a vehicle crash that claimed the life of his 5-year-old daughter, Addisyn, earlier this month. Benjamin Teekell and his 8-year-old daughter Ashtyn, were treated for injuries.

Addisyn’s mother, Autumn Teekell, said she is grateful for everyone who supported the blood drive.

Chrishana Scott takes a blood donation from Detective Joshua Masters in LaPlace on Thursday.

“From the very beginning, St. John has been here for us,” Autumn Teekell said. “I want to thank Our Lady of the Lake for everything they gave to us, and I’m grateful to each person who gave back today in honor of our daughter.”

She said the community has been there for older daughter Ashtyn, spoiling her with toys and clothes while she was in the hospital.

The Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at Acadiana Cinemas, 1312 W. Airline Highway, on April 21 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Another blood drive will be held April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12;30 p.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Church, 805 Fairway Drive.