Carter BloodCare says the community blood supply, especially the red blood cell inventory, has hit a crisis level that ranges beyond the expected summer lows. Any unanticipated surge in blood needs by a local hospital could deplete the inventory in a matter of minutes.
“If your life depended on it, you would receive a blood transfusion,” Carter BloodCare said in a press release. “However, there is a shortage, so there is no guarantee. Blood cannot be stocked indefinitely, and there is no substitute for it. It must come from altruistic community members.”
That means someone’s life or health depends on volunteers.
Carter BloodCare requests community help in one or more of the following ways:
- Tell friends, family and business associates blood donors are needed now to maintain a safe and sufficient community blood supply;
- Appointments are not required; walk-ins are welcome. If they do call, they will book an appointment, but Carter BloodCare requests immediate action; or
- Consider sharing and retweeting Carter BloodCare’s social media posts, and ask friends to do the same thing.
Covenant Christian Church is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 18 at 4055 S.E. Loop 286 in the fellowship hall. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Lanie Wright at 903-571- 9667.
Salas Minor Emergency Center is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 20 at 1655 N.E. Loop 286 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Thomas Schleyer at (903) 739-9191.
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.