South Tyler Rotary, Salado Apartments, Texas Department of State Health Services to host blood drives for local patients in need
TYLER, Texas (February 21, 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.
South Tyler Rotary ##1883 is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Chick-fil-A, 5716 S. Broadway Ave., in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Art Mullan at (903) 526-0880.
Salado Apartments is hosting a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, February 27, at 6003 Old Bullard Road, in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Mike Mathews at (903) 561-4816.
Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting a blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at 2521 W. Front St., in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Mandy Watson at (903) 533-5361.
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