Carter BloodCare teams with area groups to host blood drive

Published on Saturday, 17 June 2017 10:08 - Written by

Vacations and summer fun can mean dip in frequent blood donations to Carter BloodCare. When someone gives blood, that person becomes a ‘first responder’ - preparing the blood supply before it might be needed. Donating blood is giving life and saving lives.

Accidents, cancer, transplants and heart surgeries require blood, and they are not put on hold for a seasonal break.

Southside Bank is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at 1201 S. Beckham Ave. in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Denise Sims at 903-535-2365.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday, at 11937 US Highway 271 in the Amphitheater Lobby. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Barbara Caskey at 903- 877-7705.

Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine and Joint is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 3414 Golden Road in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Amber Dickey at 903-939-7588.

Glenwood Church of Christ is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 at 5210 Hollytree Drive in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Donna Larue at 903-509-9494.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Other types of blood donations can be given more frequently.

Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water at least an hour before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.

Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning 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.

-Melissa McTee