carter bloodcare

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