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Hopkins County Blood Drive

Hopkins County Memorial Hospital to host a community drive

One-thousand blood donors daily: Requirement for ensuring blood is on hospital shelves for patients

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (July 15, 2019) – In July, we honor our nation’s independence and all the sacrifices that made the United States of America possible. Carter BloodCare encourages all eligible blood donors to honor those that continue to fight for our country’s freedom, with a blood donation. Volunteer donors sacrifice one hour of their time to save three lives with each gift.

Summer is a reminder that blood is crucial for patients, and that maintaining the community blood supply is not always convenient. Summer is also a time when blood is most challenging to come by for Carter BloodCare. The community blood program relies on volunteer donors to support patients’ time-sensitive blood transfusion needs. There is no blood substitute for patients requiring transfusions, and each patient receiving blood appreciates the donor for taking time to save their life.

Carter BloodCare invites you to #GiveForLife this summer with at least one blood donation.

Hopkins County Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every first Saturday of the month. The next blood drive will be held Saturday (Aug 3) at 115 Airport Road in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or appointment time, contact Lanie Wright, (903) 571-9667.

Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation.

Potential blood donors may volunteer 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.

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. The program is accredited by the AABB that consists of a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration licenses it, and it is a member of America’s Blood Centers.