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Jul 30 2012

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Blood needed

Good Shepherd Medical Center to host blood drive with Carter BloodCare

Summer is not yet over in Texas.  August is a time to take a few extra moments to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family, attend sporting events, and cool off with a Jr. Frosty from Wendy’s. To help patients across our region in need of blood transfusions, it’s a time to save three lives with one blood donation.

During August, all Carter BloodCare blood donors will automatically be entered to win tickets to professional sporting events, courtesy of Fox Sports Southwest. Winners will be drawn from all Carter BloodCare territories. In addition, August blood donors will walk away with a Wendy’s coupon for a free Jr. Frosty™. Visit greatamericangive.org for details.

Good Shepherd Medical Center is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 700 E Marshall Ave. in the classrooms located in the Customer Service Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Charlotte Jordan at (903) 574-4998.

Summer is the most challenging season to maintain the community blood supply. Donors are fewer in number and the need for blood by local hospitals is higher than usual. Every 90 seconds, a local patient within the Carter BloodCare service area requires a blood transfusion. Giving blood often is the best way to maintain a quality and sufficient local blood supply. Whole blood donors may donate every 56 days.

Potential blood donors can volunteer beginning at age 16 with a parent’s consent, and 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit for giving. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo ID each time. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood. For more information about donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.

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