Healing and saving lives is a constant mission in the north, central and east Texas. As highly technical medical care advances, it often means blood transfusions become a part of the healing process. The only way to be sure that enough blood is available to hospitals for their patients is to become a volunteer blood donor. If you are not eligible to give blood, hosting a blood drive champions the cause.
At a time of year when spring flowers and trees bloom to their fullest and finest, volunteers are needed to give new life to patients requiring blood transfusions. If you have never given blood before, Carter BloodCare says ‘late bloomers’ are always welcomed.
Paris Junior College is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 15 at 2400 Clarksville in the Student Center lobby. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Taylor Locknar at (903) 782-0403.
James Hodge Motor Company is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 22 at 5100 SE Loop 282 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Curt Poore at (903) 785-8447.
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.