The tragic ambush on Dallas officers and civilians on July 7 serves as a reminder that it is the blood already on the hospital shelves, given by loyal blood donors, that is transfused during emergencies. Since no one can anticipate the specific blood requirements of patients in all the community hospitals in north Texas, blood donors are required daily.
This is the first step in preparing for the unknown and for aiding the planned medical procedures that necessitate a safe and sufficient community blood supply.
Carter BloodCare thanks blood donors from many north Texas communities like Weatherford, for making sure the right blood was on the shelves before it was required on July 7 and since.
Carter BloodCare urges Weatherford to salute fallen officers by donating blood. Weatherford Rotary is hosting a community-wide Battle of the Badges where police and fire departments will compete for bragging rights. Blood donors will give on behalf of their favorite heroes and receive a free t-shirt and goody bag. There are six opportunities to give during this year’s Battle of the Badges:
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▪ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tues., Aug. 16
Weatherford Fire Department
First Baptist Church
122 S. Alamo, Carter BloodCare bus
▪ 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 18
Golden Moon Restaurant
1410 South Main St.
▪ 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri., Aug. 19
816 South Main St.
▪ 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 16
Weatherford Regional Medical Center
713 East Anderson St.
Carter BloodCare bus in front of garden area
▪ 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 18
512 Palo Pinto St.
▪ 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 20
816 South Main St.
In addition to making an appointment with Carter BloodCare, or donating blood at a local blood drive, consider giving more than once a year – two to three times is preferable. Host a blood drive by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit carterbloodcare.org and click ‘give life’ to hear personal stories about lives affected by blood transfusions. Share a personal experience of your own emailing Carter BloodCare at TellUsYourStory@carterbloodcare.org.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water at least an hour before giving blood.
All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning 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
The 1998 merger between BloodCare of Dallas and Carter Blood Center of Fort Worth formed the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) community blood center known today as Carter BloodCare. In 2001, the blood center expanded into central Texas following the invitation to provide service to Waco hospitals. In April 2007, Carter BloodCare merged with a regional blood center in Tyler, furthering the reach into east Texas. Each year, the center provides more than 300,000 units of blood products to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood components. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to more than 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities in North, Central and East Texas. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.