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Summer is here, community hospitals still require blood donations for patients

PALESTINE, June 12, 2017 – In Texas, you can tell summer is here when the overnight low is 80 degrees or higher, kids are in camps, and ice cream is almost a meal unto itself. But vacations and summer fun mean something different to Carter BloodCare – a dip in frequent blood donations. 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.

Calendars with family fun, dips in the lake and summer vacations can also include a blood donation appointment. Accidents, cancer, transplants and heart surgeries require blood, and they are not put on hold for a seasonal break.

Capital One of Palestine is hosting a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 16, at 2121 S. Loop 256 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Ruben Ramirez at (903) 729-6944.

Citizens National Bank is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, June 16, at 207 W. Spring in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Betty Germany at (903) 729-6043.

YMCA is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 19, at 5500 North Loop 256 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kace Shirey at (903) 729-3139.

Carter BloodCare says to #GiveForLife. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Other types of blood donations can be given more frequently. Make an appointment at a Carter BloodCare donor center near you, or donate at a local community blood drive. Carter BloodCare urges eligible blood donors to consider giving two to three times a year, if possible. Make one of those times this summer.

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. 

 

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