First Response Medical Training, Navy Federal Credit Union, Operation Phantom Support, Metroplex Health System join Carter BloodCare to host drives
KILLEEN, Texas (July 30, 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.
First Response Medical Training is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, August 4, at 2904 Trimmier in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Paula Harkins at (254) 247-0460.
Navy Federal Credit Union is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 5, at 500 W. Central Texas Expressway in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Allison Munden at (888) 842-6328, ext. 9421.
Operation Phantom Support is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, August 10, at 315 E. Avenue C in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact John Valentine at (210) 887-1217.
Metroplex Health System is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, at 2201 S. Clear Creek Road in the conference rooms three and four. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact LaToya Ellis at (254) 519-8202.
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.