Plano, Texas – As the academic year winds down and families gear up for summer excursions, Carter BloodCare underscores the pressing need for blood donations during this seasonal hiatus.
Given that high school blood drives constitute approximately a quarter of the region’s blood supply, the inevitable summertime recess precipitates a significant slump in donations, according to James Black, Carter BloodCare’s Senior Public Relations Specialist. Yet, he affirms, the urgency for blood, platelets, and plasma remains unabated, irrespective of the season.
“Summer is a crucial time for the local blood supply,” Black said.
Embracing the challenge, Carter BloodCare has forged a collaboration with KZPS Lone Star 92.5 radio station to organize a blood donation drive between June 12th and 17th. During this initiative, mobile donation drives will crisscross various precincts within the Dallas-Fort Worth locality, including Fort Worth, Las Colinas, Allen, Plano, Garland, North Richland Hills, and The Colony.
Any benevolent individual gracing the aforementioned locations with a donation will be eligible for a KZPS blood drive T-shirt, subject to availability as stated in the event briefing.
In alignment with World Blood Donor Day on June 14th, a day dedicated to amplifying the imperative need for blood and its derivatives and to express gratitude to voluntary blood donors as advocated by the World Health Organization, Carter BloodCare promises an enticing lottery.
Each donor visiting a Carter BloodCare facility that day will receive a scratch-off card that could unveil a myriad of prizes. Among the coveted rewards are 300 dedicated donor rewards points, a $150 Visa fuel gift card, a $250 Target gift card, Bose QuietComfort earbuds, a Yeti Tundra Haul cooler, a Traeger Tailgater 20 grill, and a pair of Southwest Airlines round-trip flight tickets, according to Black.
The non-profit organization operates an extensive network of over 20 donor centers sprawled across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, inclusive of Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and Flower Mound, as affirmed on its website. Carter BloodCare also oversees mobile blood drives region-wide.
The imperative nature of blood availability, as stated by Black, extends beyond emergency scenarios to routine medical procedures. This encompasses treatments for severe trauma patients and crash survivors, individuals undergoing cancer treatments, and beyond.
Those keen on making a difference can glean more information about blood donation at www.carterbloodcare.org, where they can also arrange appointments to donate blood, plasma, or platelets at any Carter BloodCare location.
Donor eligibility rests on being 16 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds, and possessing general good health, as per Carter BloodCare’s website.