Texans live when Texans give to avoid seasonal slump in blood donations
GILMER, April 28, 2022 – Summer marks a difficult season for the community blood supply, as focus turns to family vacations and time off from school.
However, the need for blood never takes a break. Carter BloodCare notes up to 800 patients – including those injured in accidents, older adults with health issues, people undergoing cancer treatments, and many others – need blood transfusions daily. Most require more than one unit of red blood cells or other components, such as plasma or platelets.
To support the community and avoid the summer slump in donations, several local organizations will host upcoming blood drives.
Tractor Supply is hosting a Carter BloodCare drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at 968 US Highway 271 South in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Mitchell McNatt at (903) 843-4444.
City of Gilmer is hosting a Carter BloodCare drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at 110 Buffalo St. in the parking lot of the town square on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Julie York at (903) 680-8128.
Donors can secure a spot at this lifesaving blood drive with any of these two options, but “walk-ins” are always welcomed:
Visit: CarterBloodCare.org and click the Donate Now tab
As thanks for donating, each person who presents to give will receive the brand-new “Summer Donate – Give for Texans” T-shirt, available in sizes M – 3XL while supplies last.
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 nonprofit 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.