26 January 2017
Give blood in honor of the one you love most, hospital patients still need you

Mt. Vernon Fire Department to host blood drive for local patients in need

MOUNT VERNON, Texas (January 26, 2017) – February is known for Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. Carter BloodCare encourages eligible blood donors to take an action of the heart and help others by giving blood. The blood center says they hear stories of couples and families coming in together in February to donate blood. Some people have been donating together for years, while others recently decided to spend this time together saving lives. But one thing is for certain: the gift of life is the most selfless form of love one can give during the month of the heart.

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.

Mt. Vernon Fire Department is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 4, at 330 Highway 37 South in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Charlotte Jordan at (903) 574-4998.

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.