Yantis High School will be hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 11, in the Carter BloodCare bus in City National Bank parking lot, located at 118 North Main St. in Yantis, to help bolster blood supplies.
July can be a peak time for travel-related and outdoor accidents that can require blood transfusions; 22 percent of the annual blood supply comes from high school blood drives. Most of high schools take a break in the summer so fewer blood drives are conducted during critical need times, Carter BloodCare noted in a press release.
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 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. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood.
For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides blood for medical facilities in more than 50 Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to nearly 200 hospitals and health care facilities in North, Central and East Texas. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by American Association of Blood Banks and is a member of America’s Blood Centers
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