Carter BloodCare: As summer calendars fill-up, remember to give blood
First Baptist Church-Gilmer hosts blood drive to maintain treatments for hospital patients this summer
GILMER, Texas (July 19, 2014) – July is a time for red, white and blue. It is a time for splashing in local lakes, and traveling to see sites and loved ones. But for patients needing blood transfusions, it is also a time when the right blood types and blood products need to be on the shelves, so that advanced medical treatments can continue. Carter BloodCare urges members of the community to avoid a blood donation vacation; instead, give before you go.
July is the perfect time to donate blood, as it can be a peak time for travel-related and outdoor accidents that can require blood transfusions. Additionally, 22 percent of the annual blood supply comes from high school blood drives. Those drives take a break in the summer.
First Baptist Church-Gilmer is hosting a blood drive from noon to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at 304 Buffalo in the education building. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Charlotte Jordan at (903) 574-4998.
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 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. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving 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 a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates on behalf of patients in 50-plus Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to nearly 200 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.