Two drives planned in area to bolster regional blood supply

From Staff Reports

July 30, 2008 - Carter BloodCare will be hosting blood drives in Sulphur Springs over the next two Saturdays to keep the blood supply strong and available to those whose lives depend on it this summer.

Donations made to Carter BloodCare provide lifesaving blood for patients at more than 300 health care facilities in 54 North Central and East Texas counties, including Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. Carter BloodCare is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America's Blood Centers.

The first of the two drives held over the next two weeks is being hosted Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Carter and Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. The blood center's mobile collection bus will be in the Memorial Medical Plaza parking area. To schedule an appointment to donate, call the marketing department at HCMH at 903-439-4062.

The second drive will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Wal-Mart. For more information or to schedule an appointment for the Aug. 9 blood drive, contact Joyce Davis at 903-439-3144.

"Carter BloodCare is currently in need of all blood types and all types of donations, especially Type O and B-," according to Caroline Garcia with the North Texas media relations department.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. Donors are also asked to bring photo identification with them and to eat a nourishing meal before donating.

Donors can help as many as three to four different patients with just one donation.

As an added incentive to be a blood donor, everyone who gives to Carter BloodCare during July and August will be entered for weekly chances to win an Olympic sports bag, complete with Olympic sports gear. One grand prize winner will be drawn from all donors during that time for American Airlines airfare for two to anywhere American flies.

For more information about donor eligibility, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-DONATE-4 (1-800-366-2834) or visit the blood bank's web site:

carterbloodcare.org.

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