12 January 2017
Carter BloodCare’s New Year’s Resolution: see more first-time donors

First United Methodist Church, Dogwood Church, Trinity Valley Community College to host blood drives for local patients

ATHENS, Texas (January 12, 2017) – Donating blood for the first time may be a scary proposition. And depending on the person, trying anything new for the first time may be daunting. A new exercise regimen, a new hobby, renewed efforts to live your best life – all of these take work, time or money. But one New Year’s resolution that only takes about an hour of time and no money whatsoever is blood donation. It’s the only New Year’s resolution that potentially changes the lives of four people: the donor and the three patients whose lives are saved with one whole blood donation.

First time donors typically have lots of questions: Will it hurt? Will the community blood center turn down blood from someone because of too many tattoos? Will the blood testing find something in the blood that the donor may not know about? The answers to frequently asked questions are found online at CarterBloodCare.org. But the easiest way to find out the answers to any of your questions is to go donate blood at a Community Blood Center near you.

In the winter months, patients do not get a break from their required blood transfusions. Yet annually, Carter BloodCare observes a “giving slump” in December and January, due to hectic schedule changes, vacations and potential weather-related blood drive cancellations.

First United Methodist Church is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 15, at 225 Lovers Lane in the activity building.

Dogwood Church is hosting a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 29, at 6467 FM 2494 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.

Trinity Valley Community College is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, at 500 South Prairieville in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.

For more information or to schedule an appointment time for any upcoming blood drive in Athens, contact Belinda Murphy at (903) 574-4513.

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

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