TERRELL, Texas – If you’ve never donated blood, Carter BloodCare asks that you reconsider. While there are certainly reasons that donors are deferred from giving, there are also misconceptions that might be keeping potential blood donors from saving lives.
You are never too old to give. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Currently, almost half of the blood donors are over age 50. Potential blood donors may begin volunteering at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently.
If you have tattoos, you can still give blood. Those with tattoos or body piercings that were performed at Texas licensed and registered facilities are welcomed to donate blood without any wait time between the procedure and your donation.
Taking medications may or may not prevent you from giving blood. Many medications are acceptable. But Carter BloodCare says if in doubt, inquire first. Carter BloodCare’s staff answer all kinds of questions about donor eligibility, which can be found on the Carter BloodCare web site.
American National Bank is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 12, at 200 N. Catherine on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Carol Brittingham at (214) 863-6424.
Wal-Mart is hosting a blood drive in Memory of Luke Grumbles from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 15 at Wal-Mart located at 1900 W. Moore Avenue in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Tiffany Williams at (469) 614-9216.
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 presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation.
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.