The heat is on in Texas, and while others make plans to cool off somewhere, patients in community hospitals still need blood transfusions.
Before heading for the lake or another cooler place, remember that Carter BloodCare offers air-conditioned donor centers and buses while donors can give a lifesaving blood donation.
Not only can donors save up to three lives with one pint of blood, but they also get a gift certificate for a pint of Blue Bell ice cream if they give in July.
“Summer is the most challenging season to maintain the community blood supply,” Carter BloodCare representative Linda Goelzer said. “Donors are fewer in number and the need for blood by local hospitals is higher than usual. Every 90 seconds a local patient within the Carter BloodCare service area requires a blood transfusion.
“Giving blood often is the best way to maintain a quality and sufficient local blood supply,” she added. “Whole blood donors may give every 56 days and friends and family are invited, too.”
Area blood drives are as follows:
• Lowe’s is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at 2715 South Loop 265 in the parking lot. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Selina Rich at 903-723-6400.
• Grapeland Fire Department & EMS is hosting a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on July 17 at 126 South Oak in the parking lot. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Chastity La Blanc at 936-545-5452 or 936-687-2187.
• Palestine Regional Medical Center is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18, at 2900 S. Loop 256 in their “senior friends” room. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Meredith Mahan at 903-731-8902 or 903-731-1140.
Blood donors giving this month can visit the great rewards page on carterbloodcare.org to redeem a gift certificate for their free pint of Blue Bell ice cream. Plus, all donors will be entered to win other delicious prizes. For details, visit www.BackyardRewards.org.
Potential blood donors can volunteer beginning at age 16 with a parent’s consent, and 17 year olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit for giving.
All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo ID each time they donate. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood.
For more information about donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call Carter BloodCare at 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 58 Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood transfusion services for more than 200 Texas health care facilities and provides more than 440,000 units of lifesaving blood components for patients annually. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.