Mineola High School to host blood drive Friday

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Mineola High School will host a blood drive from Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Carter BloodCare bus in the Walmart parking in Mineola.

For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Dacia Taylor at 903-569-3000.

The blood care center states that demand for blood or blood products doesn’t take a summer vacation, even if blood donors do. So this is the optimal time to host a blood drive or donate blood with Carter BloodCare. Hospitals full of patients depend on blood. Blood donors help ensure chemotherapy patients receive platelets they require; red cells get to heart surgery patients; when a lifesaving donor organ arrives, blood is available.

There is no substitute for human blood. A diverse blood donor group supports a safe and sufficient blood supply that mirrors a diverse population of potential patients. If each eligible blood donor gave two or three times a year, there would seldom be a shortage of blood or of specific blood types. Carter BloodCare prefers to see 1,000 blood donors daily to keep pace with demand.

Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours 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.

Carter BloodCare is a nonprofit organization and community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and East Texas.

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