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

Walgreens, Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center join Carter BloodCare to host drives

PALESTINE, Texas (August 1, 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.

Walgreens of Palestine is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, August 7, at 2201 S. Loop 256 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Doug Scala at (903) 723-7405.

Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, August 18, at 2404 State Highway 155 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Wendy Nix at (903) 729-6024.

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