January is ‘National Blood Donor Month’
Carter BloodCare: Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, Girl Scouts, encourage East Texas to give
The New Year comes with new resolutions for happiness, wealth, and better health. A big part of recovering health for many hospital patients is receiving blood transfusions when required. Every 90 seconds, someone needs a transfusion, whether it’s for an accident, cancer treatment, or elective surgery. And donations often decline at the start of a new year. That’s why January is National Blood Donor Month in the United States.
There is a new sense of urgency to support the blood supply. We can’t make this stuff, blood, that is. A lab cannot manufacture blood. The lifesaving source only comes from unselfish volunteers. For decades, those volunteers have mostly come from the World War II era and Baby Boomer generations, and these groups are dwindling. Everyone must begin to view blood donation as necessary support for a robust, high-tech health care system. Neither can blood be stockpiled. It has a shelf life and is in constant need of replenishing.
Hopkins County Memorial Hospital is helping to boost the blood supply by hosting a blood drive every first Saturday of the month. This month it is from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, Saturday (Jan 4), at 115 Airport Road in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Lanie Wright at (903) 571-9667.
Additionally, until Friday (Jan 17), all those who present to give blood will receive a free box of Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies, courtesy of Cumulus Radio Group, and Girl Scouts Northeast Texas. For information on donor eligibility and appointments, call or text 800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the most extensive blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage, and distribution of blood and blood products.
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