Donating blood comes naturally for some people. They schedule it on the calendar and commit to those appointments. For others, it is difficult to select an optimal appointment time around holidays, birthdays and work.
Summer is a reminder that blood is important for hospital patients every single day of the year. Blood transfusions tend to be needed in a pinch. Most patients would say it is not a convenient time to face a medical crisis. And when they do face one – the community blood program relies on volunteer blood donors to support patients’ time-sensitive needs.
Carter BloodCare invites people to add one thing to the summer to-do list: donate blood at least once. That way there will always be blood on the shelves when someone like an aunt, brother, father or mother, son or daughter needs it.
City of Paris Blood Drive is hosting a drive from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 21 and June 22 at 2445 N. Main St. in Atwoods’ parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Curtis Graham at 903-737-4137.
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.
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