Church invites community to #bravethemoment
Gateway Church is opening its doors to the community for blood donations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its leaders are encouraging people to ##bravethemoment and give blood because it is an eligible “essential” activity during shelter-in-place orders. Blood is an vital resource to the healthcare providers and it can’t be manufactured. It must come from volunteer donors.
The church is hosting a series of blood drives with Carter BloodCare, every Monday through Wednesday for the next six weeks. Its leaders know that the potential presence of COVID-19 does not change the fact that every day, patients’ lives depend on the availability of blood for transfusion.
The blood drives are scheduled noon to 4 p.m. each Monday through Wednesday on the following dates at these locations: March 30–April 1 at the Dallas Campus, 12123 Hillcrest Road in North Dallas; April 6–8 at the North Fort Worth Campus, 4209 Basswood Boulevard in Fort Worth; April 13–15 at The King’s University, 2121 E. Southlake Boulevard in Southlake; April 20–22 at the Grand Prairie Campus, 2404 N. Carrier Parkway in Grand Prairie; April 27–29 at the Frisco Campus, 7125 Legacy Drive in Frisco; and May 4–6 at the NRH Campus, 7501 Davis Boulevard in North Richland Hills.
Eligible blood donors are highly encouraged to make appointments through a link on the Carter BloodCare website. You can also text 800-366-2834. This helps with social distancing and allows time for the added sanitizing between donors. Walk-ins are welcome but wait times could be longer. All donors are encouraged to complete a medical history questionnaire online through Quickscreen or on the downloadable app.
Carter BloodCare’s routine health screening includes asking if you are feeling well and healthy. If you have any symptoms of illness, including cold or flu, you should not give blood. Blood donors are also screened for temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, and hemoglobin at every donation.
About Gateway Church
Gateway Church is a multicampus, nondenominational church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex led by Pastor Robert Morris. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 71,000 active members with seven local campuses, one out-of-state campus, and four prison campuses.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 450,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. Tu centro de sangre comunitario.