Give thanks: blood donations assist those requiring transfusions for improved health
MT. PLEASANT, Texas (October 30, 2017) – November is the time to recall all of life’s great blessings. It is about quality time with family, moments with children growing up too fast. Giving blood on behalf of a loved one undergoing medical care, in memory of a friend, or just to say thanks for good health, are life-saving reasons to donate blood. They are also reasons that our frequent blood donors say they keep coming back every 56 days.
Northeast Texas Community College is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, November 2, at FM 1735/Chapel Hill Road in the Student Union Building parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Rico Willis at (903) 434-8265.
As November continues to bring cooler weather, a little more football and family fun, Carter BloodCare says it is a time when families often come into area donor centers together to give blood. Perhaps they give just to do something good for someone else, as a family. Whatever the reason, on behalf of patients receiving blood transfusions, Carter BloodCare says ‘thanks.’
It takes about an hour to give one pint of whole blood. Blood transfusion can do more than save a life – it can provide hope and renewed energy for folks who battle a chronic blood disorder, or undergo cancer and surgical treatments. Each blood donation saves about three lives. A family of four could enhance or lengthen the lives of twelve patients, in just about an hour’s time.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours 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 community based, non-profit blood center that provides life-saving transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Carter BloodCare’s services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The center is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.