Less than four percent of eligible blood donors, are giving blood. Yet, many of the blood donors with Carter BloodCare make their next appointment before leaving their current donation. During a time of year when blood donation can take a ‘back seat’ to other holiday festivities, volunteer blood donors like those in Paris, make the season bright for hospital patients.
There is no substitute for blood. When a patient’s life is on the line, blood must be ready with only a moment’s notice. About 1,000 volunteer donors, giving blood every day, keeps the community blood supply at a safe and sufficient level.
Paris Junior College is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, December 3 at 2400 Clarksville in the student center ballroom. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kenneth Webb at (903) 785-7661.
The Results Company is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 7 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.
When you give blood, you can save at least three lives because the blood is separated into several components. Some patients only need one product, like red cells or platelets; or, the patient requires a combination of them in different ratios. The blood helps to ensure chemotherapy patients receive platelets they require; red cells are available for heart surgery patients; and when a lifesaving donor organ arrives, blood is accessible to surgeons for the operation.
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.