The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 1, 2014

Whataburger hosting blood drive; donors to get free hamburger

PALESTINE — For the third consecutive year, Whataburger restaurants throughout East Texas are helping the community blood supply during the month of July. Thirty-one locations will participate in the third annual Lifesaver’s Challenge.

The friendly competition means the Whataburger store that brings in the most blood donors wins bragging rights and the traveling trophy for 2014. It also means every volunteer blood donor walks away with a coupon for a free Whataburger sandwich.

Whataburger is helping to ensure that hospital patients receive their required blood transfusions this summer – a time when vacation schedules can create inconsistencies in blood donation appointments.

Palestine’s Whataburger-No. 579, located at 1717 S Loop 256, is hosting a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the restaurant parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834.

If you are looking for a participating Whataburger blood drive in a city other than Palestine, visit carterbloodcare.org or call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834.

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 50-plus Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood transfusion services for more than 150 Texas health care facilities and provides more than 450,000 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.

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