More than 15-million pints of blood are transfused in this country each year. That exceeds 40-thousand pints daily. Hospitals in north, central and east Texas are using only a fraction of that amount, but Carter BloodCare still requests 1,000 volunteer blood donors each day to keep pace with local hospital demands. Blood cannot be manufactured. Donors are an essential part of many health care success stories.
Auto accidents, surgery, cancer treatments, blood loss during childbirth – these are only a few examples of life moments requiring blood transfusions. One in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime, yet, fewer than one in three people volunteer to give blood.
Liberty National Bank Paris is hosting a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at 305 Lamar Avenue in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Russell Figgins at (903) 785-5555.
Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation.
Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently; and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.