PALESTINE — May is the time when most Texans begin to increase their time spent outdoors surrounded by friends and family. ‘Being neighborly’ to each other is one of the ways our vast state becomes ‘a small community’ to each of us – even in the largest cities.
Giving blood is one way that Texans can show generosity to the neighbors they may not know. Blood donations save lives and every 90 seconds someone in North, Central and East Texas requires a blood transfusion.
Giving blood in May can also help boost the community blood supply before the usual summer slump when blood donation is not always top-of-mind.
Lowe’s of Palestine is hosting a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at 2715 S. Loop 256 in the parking lot.
McDonald’s is hosting a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at 2120 Loop 256 in the parking lot.
For more information or to make an appointment at either drive, call Belinda Murphy at 903-574-4513.
The need for blood is ongoing and growing.
Every day in the U.S., approximately 41,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer, those needing heart surgery or organ transplants; and to help save the lives of those in traumatic accidents.
In 2013, Carter BloodCare delivered more than 440,000 blood components required for transfusion. Visit carterbloodcare.org/locations to find the nearest donor center or blood drive opportunity.
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.