The holiday season began with giving thanks and we are now in the throes of December’s Christmas and holiday festivities that continue until New Year’s Day, for many people. In a time of year that can feel and be hectic, demanding and frenzied, Carter BloodCare encourages the community to slow down and give the best gift of all: life.
Donating blood, or saving three lives, can be a very rewarding way to spend an hour of your holiday. And studies show doing something nice for someone else can make you feel good.
Paris Honda Yamaha Harley-Davidson and Toys for Tots are hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday at 2875 N.E. Loop 286 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kris Estep at 903-571-9694.
The Results Company is also hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at 3052 Clarksville St. in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Gami Robken at 903-348-0689.
Giving blood on behalf of a loved one undergoing medical care, in memory of a friend, or just to say thanks for good health, are life-saving reasons to donate blood. They are also reasons that our frequent blood donors say they keep coming back every 56 days.
It takes about an hour to give one pint of whole blood. Blood transfusion can do more than save a life — it can provide hope and renewed energy for folks who battle a chronic blood disorder, or undergo cancer and surgical treatments.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before 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.
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 donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834or visit carterbloodcare.org.