Spring welcomes new life: perfect time to donate blood, give patients renewed hope
Vista College, Oakland Heights Baptist Church, Texas Bank and Trust to host upcoming blood drives with Carter BloodCare
LONGVIEW, Texas (March 10, 2018) – Remaining cold weather will soon give way to extended daylight hours, awakening of budding trees and the beauty of floral landscapes. Carter BloodCare hopes these signs of new life will prompt residents to give a pint of life through the act of blood donation. Giving blood is one of the best ways to perform a random act of kindness for someone in need – potentially a patient struggling between life and death.
Hospitals have an ongoing requirement for blood; collectively, they fulfill 600 to 700 transfusion orders daily. As the community blood supplier, Carter BloodCare needs to see more than 1,000 blood donors a day to keep pace with demand.
Vista College is hosting a two-day blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at 1905 West Loop 281 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Rachel Seal at (903) 704-0544.
Oakland Heights Baptist Church is hosting a blood drive from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at 1600 Judson Road in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Marine Moore at (903) 753-0291.
Texas Bank and Trust is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at 300 East Whaley in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Rebecca Norris at (903) 237-5593.
There is no substitute for human blood. Each person, even with the same blood type, gives a unique blood donation. A wide diversity of blood donors is also necessary to maintain a safe and sufficient blood supply.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours 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
Carter BloodCare is a community based, non-profit blood center that provides life-saving transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Carter BloodCare’s services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The center is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.