Carter BloodCare reports regular blood donors essential for emergency response Center Elementary School to host blood drive with Carter BloodCare.
CENTER, Texas (April 25, 2016) – It happened during 9/11 and also during the plant explosion in West. Record numbers of donors showed up to roll up their sleeves and offer life-saving blood to help fellow Americans in need. Carter BloodCare reports that in a crisis, Texans rise up to save lives. Yet, the most urgent blood transfusions cannot wait for donors to give after a crisis.Transfusions required by trauma patients come from blood already on the shelves when crises occur. Without local blood donors giving frequently, the right type of blood would not be available at the right time, when lives are on the line.
Center Elementary School is hosting a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at 214 Nacogdoches in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Belinda Murphy at (903) 574-4513.
This April, donors can also visit carterbloodcare.org and click ‘give life’ to hear one blood donor’s story about why she started giving to save lives (#GiveForLife) and now has donated more than 100 gallons with Carter BloodCare. Check back monthly to see a new story. You can also share your story and inspire others with your personal experience about blood donation and/or a transfusion experience. Email us at TellUsYourStory@carterbloodcare.org.
It is a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water, at least an hour before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates on behalf of patients in 50-plus Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to more than 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities in North, Central and East Texas. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.