Have a heart – make an appointment to donate with Carter BloodCare
Northeast Texas Community College to save local patients’ lives by hosting a much-needed drive
MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas: Heart disease never stops taking lives, regardless of the time of day, month, or year. It remains the number one killer of women and men, and patients undergoing heart surgeries can require multiple blood transfusions. This February, during American Heart Month, Carter BloodCare reminds the community that heart surgery patients need blood to survive. But unfortunately, the only source of that blood is from generous blood donors.
The local blood supply for hospital patients has never returned to pre-pandemic levels, and because of this, we urgently need blood donors now. Therefore, we ask those eligible to donate to do it at least twice in 2022. If all eligible donors gave at least twice, there would seldom be a shortage.
Northeast Texas Community College hosts a blood drive from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday, Feb. 3, at FM 1735/Chapel Hill Road in the student union parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Kaymon Farmer at (903) 946-4323.
Donors can complete the medical history questionnaire online on the day of donation before arriving to give blood. People with and without COVID-19 vaccinations are both eligible to donate blood.
Carter BloodCare requires staff and unvaccinated donors to wear facial coverings at blood drives or donation centers, except when we take your temperature during screening or when eating and drinking after the donation. Vaccinated donors are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks. Carter BloodCare will comply with required mask mandates, as applicable.
Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can donate independently, and there is no upper age limit. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, 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 Texas’ most extensive blood programs, delivering more than 450,000 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.