This week we’re continuing our review of common myths about blood donation and addressing a few more interesting questions we’ve come across. Myth: Donation takes a long time; I need to set aside half my day to donate blood Fact: The actual donation portion of a whole blood donation only takes 5 to 10 Read more
Independence day is coming fast, and you know what that means! People all over the state will be firing up their grills and settling into their lawn chairs to watch those commemorative fireworks. So as long as you’re out barbecuing those burgers, brats and veggies, why not put a little extra pizzazz in that summer Read more
Summer is upon us, and for many people that means vacation. But more and more people are staying local for their days off, and that can mean a lot of down time. So what is there to do in Texas when you have a few hours to kill? First, there are so many places to Read more
Written by: Susanna Thomas - Platelet Donor As soon as I walked into the door of my local Carter BloodCare location, I was greeted by a friendly staff member behind the desk, who asked me for my driver’s license. After checking me in, she handed me a brightly colored informational booklet. It’s a riveting read, really Read more
Summer’s all about food, fun and games, and nothing’s more fun than America’s favorite past time, baseball! Give blood at any Carter BloodCare donor center location or blood drive in June and snag a voucher to redeem for half-price tickets to a Rangers game. Donors can even redeem 50 Great Partners Rewards points in the Read more
National Iced Tea Day (June 10), National Corn on the Cob Day (June 11), National Go Fishing Day (June 18)…. It seems there is a National holiday for just about everything! But did you know that there is a very important global holiday just around the corner? World Blood Donor Day is on June 14th, and what Read more
We get asked many questions about blood donations, so this week on the blog we thought we would start working our way through out list of common misconceptions about giving blood. Myth: If I’ve gotten a tattoo in the last two years, I’m not eligible to donate blood. Fact: If you get a tattoo at a Read more
Some donors encounter an unexpected roadblock when they finally go to one of our facilities to give blood: They are not eligible to donate due to low hemoglobin count. Usually if you ask the associate who tested your blood what that means in layman’s terms, they’ll tell you that your iron is too low to Read more
The end of the school year is upon us. Students will soon be finished with finals, out and about with family and friends, and engaged in all the fun that summer offers. But what does this mean for our local blood supply? The summer months are a time of need for the community blood supply Read more
Want to rub elbows with your favorite bands this summer? We’ve got you covered! Music Saves Lives is back and BIGGER than ever. We’re giving away tickets and VIP experiences to donors for three of Texas’ hottest summer music festivals; Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Get Read more
One common reason people can be deferred from giving blood is for having a low hemoglobin level. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries iron in the body. The iron is essential for replenishing your red cells after you give a pint of blood during donation. Even if you have enough hemoglobin for yourself, you must Read more
BIG SHOUT-OUT to Tyler Junior College (TJC) for surpassing their 50-gallon goal for the third year in a row! Starting in 2012, TJC took hosting campus blood drives to a new level by challenging students to come together and reach a goal of donating 50 gallons of blood. Each spring, Tyler Junior College students, faculty Read more
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