Special to the Journal
In the aftermath of chaos and lives lost in Dallas recently, Carter Blood Care is grateful to loyal blood donors who made sure the blood center could supply local hospitals with blood products required to treat police officers and civilians injured during an ambush following a protest march. The July 7 attack is a reminder that the blood on the hospital shelves before an accident happens is the blood transfused to patients when they reach a hospital emergency room.
“During a tragedy, Carter BloodCare sees the best in people,” said Linda Goelzer, director of public relations, Carter BloodCare.
“Whether it is following the shooting in Dallas or the plant explosion in West, Carter BloodCare receives an outpouring of support. And our message remains the same: please make an appointment to give blood today so it is ready at any moment for patients that might need it. Hundreds of patients each day receive blood transfusions and do not make news headlines.”
Carter BloodCare urges the Belton community to salute fallen officers or just give life by donating blood. This will help ensure the right type of blood is on the shelf at the right time, when a patient urgently needs it.
Creekside Terrace Rehabilitation is hosting a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 9 at 1555 Powell Avenue on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Patrick Huxen at 254-217-7300.
In addition to donating blood at a local blood drive, consider giving more than once a year – two to three times is preferable. Host a blood drive by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit carterbloodcare.org and click “give life” to watch personal video stories about lives affected by blood transfusions. Share a personal experience by emailing TellUsYourStory@carterbloodcare.org.
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.