Urgent blood shortage lingers
Carter BloodCare invites eligible blood donors to make the most of their day of service by donating blood on MLK Day of Service, or another day this week. 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.
The rise in COVID-19 cases is negatively affecting the community blood drives with increased cancelations. The daily demand for blood and blood products for patients requiring chronic transfusion, scheduled surgery and cancer treatment is increasing. Hospitals’ ability to be prepared for emergencies is Carter BloodCare’s immediate concern.
Schedule an appointment online at one of the Carter BloodCare donor centers, or community blood drives. You can also call or text 800-366-2834. For more information on donor eligibility, visit carterbloodcare.org.
Walk-ins are welcomed; extended wait time may occur during peak hours.
Carter BloodCare Donor Centers are open Monday, January 18. Centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with only three exceptions, the Arlington Donor Center (which is closed Mondays), and the following two in East Texas (hours of operation are below).
Longview Donor Center Tyler Donor Center
3080 N. Eastman Suite 112 815 South Baxter Avenue
Longview, Texas 75605 Tyler, Texas 75701
(903) 663-2650 (903) 363-0400
Monday, Jan. 18th Monday, Jan. 18th
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Please let Carter BloodCare Public Relations team know if media members plan to obtain video/photos at one of the donor centers listed above. Carter BloodCare welcomes media friends, but must make sure to space out visits due to social distancing concerns.
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.