22 March 2017
Blood transfusion saves lives, blood donors make it possible

Bar None Cowboy Church, Pecan Pie Festival to host blood drives for safe, sufficient supply

TATUM, Texas (March 22, 2017) – Your community blood center is working every day on behalf of medical facilities and patients right here in Tatum. Donating blood and saving three lives only takes about an hour and you can become part of the healing process for patients undergoing heart surgery, receiving organ transplants, enduring cancer treatment, and even the mom whose baby is born emergently. A quality blood supply begins with selfless volunteer donors who help give life to anonymous members of their community. Patients can require blood transfusions at a moment’s notice.

Bar None Cowboy Church is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at 9162 Highway 43E, in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kathie Pike at (903) 836-7224.

Pecan Pie Festival is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at 600 Crystal Farms Road in the Tatum High School parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Holly Crawford at (903) 754-0560.

Carter BloodCare urges eligible blood donors to consider giving two to three times a year. 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.

Remember 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 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 centers 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.

Contact(s):

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