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Carter BloodCare’s New Year’s Resolution: see more first-time donors
Weatherford Regional Medical Center to host blood drive for local patients in need
Weatherford, Texas (December 23, 2016) – Donating blood for the first time may be a scary proposition. And depending on the person, trying anything new for the first time may be daunting. A new exercise regimen, a new hobby, renewed efforts to live your best life – all of these take work, time or money. But one New Year’s resolution that only takes about an hour of time and no money whatsoever is blood donation. It’s the only New Year’s resolution that potentially changes the lives of four people: the donor and the three patients whose lives are saved with one whole blood donation.
First time donors typically have lots of questions: Will it hurt? Will the community blood center turn down blood from someone because of too many tattoos? Will the blood testing find something in the blood that the donor may not know about? The answers to frequently asked questions are found online at CarterBloodCare.org. But the easiest way to find out the answers to any of your questions is to go donate blood at a Community Blood Center near you.
In the winter months, patients do not get a break from their required blood transfusions. Yet annually, Carter BloodCare observes a “giving slump” in December and January, due to hectic schedule changes, vacations and potential weather-related blood drive cancellations.
Weatherford Regional Medical Center is hosting a blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, at Weatherford Regional Medical Center, 713 E. Anderson St., on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Colleen Horan, 817-343-1410. All donors get a movie ticket.
Visit carterbloodcare.org and click ‘give life’ to hear personal stories about lives affected by blood transfusions. Additionally, share a personal experience of your own by emailing Carter BloodCare at .
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.