Blood donors less frequent in summer than at any other time of the year
First Baptist church to donate blood to promote summer care
NEW DIANA, Texas (May 28, 2018) – The demand for blood or blood products does not take a summer vacation even if blood donors do. For this reason, it is the optimal time for a blood donation or blood donation with Carter BloodCare. Hospitals full of patients rely on blood donations – even though most others enjoy summer fun. Blood donors help to ensure that chemotherapy patients receive platelets they need; Erythrocytes come to heart surgery patients; when a life-saving donor organ arrives, blood is available.
First Baptist Church of Diana Hosts Blood Donation From 9 am to noon Saturday, June 2 at 1759 US Highway 259 South in the car park on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact David Wootten at (903) 738-1587.
Voluntary blood donors are the foundation of any robust community in healthcare. There is no substitute for human blood. A diverse blood donor group supports a safe and sufficient blood supply that reflects a diverse population of potential patients. If every legitimate blood donor gave two or three times a year, there would seldom be a shortage of blood or certain types of blood. Carter BloodCare wants to see 1,000 blood donors daily to keep up with demand.
Remember to take a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water for an hour or two before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel comfortable on the day of the donation and present a government-issued photo ID with each donation.
Potential blood donors can volunteer from the age of 16 with the consent of their parents; 17-year-olds can enter independently and there is no age limit for the blood donation. For more information about eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit www.carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is an independent community blood center that provides transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in more than 50 counties in north, central and eastern Texas. Non-Profit Organization 501 (c) (3) is one of the largest blood donation programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products each year to meet the hospitals' demands on their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of erythroid antigens. It is licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration and is a member of the American Blood Donation Centers.