In partnership with Carter BloodCare, Quality Care ER is set to hold a blood drive at Quality Care ER, 2675 41st St. S.E. on June 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to help raise blood supplies in East Texas.
Lanie Wright, with Carter BloodCare, said the supply in East Texas is below preferred levels.
“With all of the end of the school year activities and preparations being made for summer travel, donating blood is not being made a priority right now and blood drives are underperforming,” Wright said. “And with all of the bad weather (East Texas) has had recently, we are in danger of not having the products our blood bank and hospitals need on the shelves to be prepared for weather or travel emergencies if they arise.”
Wright said the shortage in blood supplies East Texas is experiencing is due to a lack of donor turnout in May.
“We are in danger of telling ETX cancer and sickle cell patients that we do not have the blood products that they need while receiving their treatments,” Wright said. “This shortage is something that the ETX community normally feels later in June and July.”
Corey Fagan, Quality Care ER nursing director, said those who donate blood will receive a T-shirt and a buy-one-get-one voucher for a Texas Ranger’s baseball game ticket.
Fagan said those interested in donating blood on June 29 can register online at Quality Care ER’s Facebook page here, or call Quality Care ER at 903-609-4100.
“An added feature that has been instituted to expedite the process allows potential donors to go online and complete the screening process prior to the day of the drive,” Fagan said.