24 February 2017
Carter BloodCare: Donating blood puts spring in your step

Upshur County Health Fair, Robroy Industries, Upshur Rural Electric to host blood drives

GILMER, Texas (February 24, 2017) – Saving three lives may sound like something only heroes can do. But blood donors are heroes who save three lives with each donation. These everyday heroes give the blood that benefits patients with cancer, heart disease, organ transplants and even new moms and babies, when required. Giving the gift of life only takes about one hour – and it can also help you, the blood donor, to feel good about yourself. This is the perfect month to get some spring in your step.

Upshur County Health Fair is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at 850 Buffalo St. in the Gilmer High School parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.

Robroy Industries is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 6, at 1100 US Hwy 271 South in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.

Upshur Rural Electric is hosting a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, at 1200 West Tyler in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.

For more information or to schedule an appointment time for any of the upcoming blood drives in Gilmer, please contact Charlotte Jordan at (903) 574-4998.

Visit carterbloodcare.org and click ‘give life’ to watch videos of personal stories of lives affected by blood transfusions. Additionally, share a personal experience of your own by emailing Carter BloodCare at TellUsYourStory@carterbloodcare.org.

Carter BloodCare urges all blood donors to consider giving routinely. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Moms can give blood on behalf of their children. Husbands can donate on behalf of their wives. Anyone can give blood in honor of a person who is special in their life. To donate blood on behalf of a loved one, 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

The 1998 merger between BloodCare of Dallas and Carter Blood Center of Fort Worth formed the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) community blood center known today as Carter BloodCare. In 2001, the blood center expanded into central Texas following the invitation to provide service to Waco hospitals. In April 2007, Carter BloodCare merged with a regional blood center in Tyler, furthering the reach into east Texas. Each year, the center provides more than 300,000 units of blood products to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood components. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to more than 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities in North, Central and East Texas. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB 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