22 December 2020
Giving blood has never been more important, all types required

Longview Best Buy supports blood center during times of instability, pandemic

Giving blood includes four easy steps and it takes about an hour to complete a whole blood donation. It is safe to give blood, even in the midst of a pandemic.

There is a surge in positive COVID-19 test results and hospitalizations; other surgeries and hospitalizations continue as well. There are hundreds of patients daily that will require blood transfusions. It is also true that the blood supply, locally and nationally, is more unstable than it has been in decades.

In order to find additional ways of meeting these challenges Carter BloodCare is hosting the Spirit of Giving SUV giveaway, courtesy of The Thompson Group Classic Chevrolet Fleet and Commercial. Thanks to the generosity of this community partner, blood donors that give with Carter BloodCare Dec. 1, 2020 through Jan.10, 2021 will be entered into a drawing for a 2020 Chevrolet Trax. Blood donors are altruistic volunteers – giving of themselves to save lives and not expecting something in return. This effort to insure a healthy blood supply through the holiday season is an unexpected opportunity for blood donors to be the recipient of a new SUV in the New Year.

Best Buy is hosting a drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 26, at 422 W. Loop 281, in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.

To reduce wait times, donation appointments are encouraged and blood donors can complete the medical history questionnaire online on the day of donation, before arriving to give blood. This helps manage “social distancing.” Donors and staff are required to wear masks; and surfaces are cleaned between each donor.

Carter BloodCare continues to offer COVID-19 antibody testing on successful donations, for a limited time. Donors can retrieve their results within one to two weeks through a secure portal on the blood center’s web site that donors set up following a donation.

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 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.