24 August 2017
Blood donors wanted: give hope to hospital patients when summer supply dips

Vista College, Texas Bank and Trust, CenterPoint Energy join Carter BloodCare to host drives

LONGVIEW, Texas (August 24, 2017) – Of all seasons, summer tends to be the one when blood donations take a dip, and not the kind that cools you off when temperatures are in the triple digits. Summer is the single most difficult season for Carter BloodCare to recruit blood donors. And the blood transfusions required for many patients cannot wait until temperatures come down.

At least three lives are saved with each pint of whole blood donated. When folks give life-saving blood, a leukemia patient might recover from chemotherapy more readily; a person living with sickle cell disease receives a boost in energy and a reduced risk of stroke; and a premature baby begins life a bit stronger. Giving blood is an extraordinary act that an ordinary person can do for another.

Vista College is hosting a two-day blood drive. The first drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, and the second blood drive will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 31. Both drives will be located at 1905 W. Loop 281 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Rachel Seal at (903) 704-0544.

Texas Bank and Trust is hosting an upcoming blood drive at two different locations. Both drives are from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, August 31. The Texas Bank and Trust locations are for the drives are 1800 W. Loop 281 and 300 E. Whaley, both in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare buses. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Rebecca Norris at (903) 237-5593.

CenterPoint Energy is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, August 31, at 3902 W. Loop 281 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kevin Luman at (903) 291-0158.

Carter BloodCare says to ##GiveForLife. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Other types of blood donations can be given more frequently. Make an appointment at a Carter BloodCare donor center near you, or donate at a local community blood drive. Carter BloodCare urges eligible blood donors to consider giving two to three times a year, if possible. Make an appointment this summer.

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.


Linda Goelzer
Director of Public Relations
Email: Lgoelzer@carterbloodcare.org
Phone: (817) 412-5314