LAFAYETTE, La. -- The 1st Battalion 378th Regiment teamed up with United Blood Services to host a community blood drive here at their United States Army Reserve Center, Sept. 15.

Through a combined effort, the blood mobile was able to collect 11 pints of blood that will be used in the future by local people in need.

Participants in this joint event were able to give back and to help their community in which they live.

"I gave blood because I want to help save lives," said Spec. Tesa Cormier, a soldier with 1-378th Regt. "I know there are people out there counting on us to donate and I just wanted to do my part."

This event was also a great opportunity for local residents to come to a reserve center and talk to service members about what it takes to join and become a drill sergeant in the US Army.

"We had multiple inquiries Saturday about joining the Army," said Sgt. 1st Class Andrea Jeffers, the resident Army Reserve Career Counselor. "People would just see us our posters or see our drill sergeants in the parking lot and would stop to give blood and ask about joining the army.

The unit hopes to do this again in the future and plans to team up with other local units in the hope of making permanent impacts in the community.