Fortunately, I’ve never been in a situation in which I needed a large infusion of blood. But If I did, I’m comforted to know that, thanks to Carter BloodCare and, more importantly, generous donors, blood will be available to save my life.
But right now — when donations drop and need rises — blood supplies are at one of their lowest levels.
To put it bluntly, Carter BloodCare needs people to step up and donate blood. The center recently issued a news release pleading its case.
“July is a time for red, white and blue. It is a time for splashing in local lakes, and traveling to see sites and loved ones. But for patients needing blood transfusions, it is also a time when the right blood types and blood products need to be on the shelves so that advanced medical treatments can continue.
“Carter BloodCare urges members of the community to avoid a blood donation vacation; instead, give before you go.
“July is the perfect time to donate blood, as it can be a peak time for travel-related and outdoor accidents that can require blood transfusions. Additionally, 22 percent of the annual blood supply comes from high school blood drives. Most of those drives take a break in the summer.”
A blood drive will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in the parking lot of at Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church, on the Old Jack-sonville Highway north of Gresham.
Donors who want to give at a different time can schedule an appointment or learn about other drives by contacting Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or carterbloodcare.org.
Potential donors must be at least 17 years old (16 if they have parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of giving and present a government-issued photo ID.
Donors are encouraged to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving.