02 October 2018
Paris volunteer blood donors give hope to local patients

Covenant Christian Church, Paris Regional Medical Center North, Century 21 Harvey Properties invite community to give at lifesaving blood drives  

PARIS, Texas (October 2, 2018) –There is no substitute for human blood. And when a patient’s life is on the line, blood must be at the ready with only a moment’s notice. The volume of blood required to supply regional medical facilities is great enough that Carter BloodCare requests at least 1,000 volunteers to show up and give blood every day. There are hundreds of patients waiting for lifesaving blood donations. Many of their treatments, such as chemotherapy, would not happen without blood or platelets waiting on the shelves.

Covenant Christian Church is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, October 7 at 4055 SE Loop 286. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Lanie Wright at (903) 783-9000.

Paris Regional Medical Center North Campus is hosting a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 11 at 865 Deshong Drive. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Ms. Elsie C. McKee at (903) 737-1397.

Century 21 Harvey Properties is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, October 26 at 2550 Lamar Ave in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Rachel McGhee at (903) 785-8484.

When you give blood, you can save at least three lives because the blood is separated into several components. Some patients only need one product, like red cells or platelets; or, the patient requires a combination of them in different ratios.  The blood helps to ensure chemotherapy patients receive platelets they require; red cells are available for heart surgery patients; and when a lifesaving donor organ arrives, blood is accessible to surgeons for the operation.

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 they present 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 largest 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, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.