Mexia State Supported Living Center, LTC Mexia join Carter BloodCare to host drives during difficult donor recruitment season
MEXIA, Texas (July 5, 2017) – Life is a gift – no matter how long it is. The gift of blood can add extra life moments when days, minutes and even seconds count. Giving blood is an extraordinary thing that ordinary people can do for each other.
A wide array of Texans could receive blood transfusions this summer. Some hospital patients require blood to survive a motor vehicle accident. A difficult childbirth could necessitate that a new mother receives a transfusion. And others might be fighting for six more months of life due to an aggressive cancer diagnosis.
When you give blood, the gifts for life could look something like these: grandparents with little time left might see a grandchild start college; a father could escort his daughter down the aisle, rather than sit in a hospital bed; and families create precious summer memories together.
Mexia State Supported Living Center is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at 600 N. Highway 171 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Venterlene McIlveen at (254) 562-1303.
LTC Mexia is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 14, at 601 Terrace Lane in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Teresa Wood at (254) 562-5400.
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 time this summer.
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 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.