Carter BloodCare is honored when another person or organization promotes blood donation in a big way on our behalf. Two east Texas groups aligned with disaster plans in the region are hosting multiple-location blood drives the first week of May.
Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council: Trauma Service Area G (RAC-G) and Area H (RAC-F) are hosting a blood drive challenge in East Texas to help rebuild the blood supply.
Michael Johnson, now a Healthcare Coalition Coordinator with RAC-G, relayed his connection, saying, “In 2009, I was on a routine traffic stop as a Police Officer on a highway, and was struck by a passing pickup truck. I received life-threatening injuries and required three units of blood to survive, so I understand the critical importance of adequate blood supplies.”
RAC-G and RAC-F challenge all first responders, healthcare workers and others who can donate blood to join them at one of their upcoming blood drive locations or the three East Texas Carter BloodCare donation centers. Impressive Image Works has created special t-shirts for all donors at this ETX event.
The blood drives will be all over East Texas on May 3, from noon to 6:00pm.
The locations are:
If you can’t make it to one of the above drives, you can schedule an appointment online at any of our 25 donor centers, or by calling/texting 800-366-2834. Para información en español llama: 844-372-5827.
We encourage appointments but currently welcome walk-ins. Wait time may be longer than expected.
All successful donations will be tested for COVID-19 Antibodies. This is NOT a diagnostic test for COVID-19. Click HERE to learn more about COVID-19 Antibody testing.
Tips for ensuring a safe donation:
- Make and keep your appointment. This helps to manage overcrowding and reduce wait times.
- If you are not feeling healthy and well, please do not give blood.
- In addition to the current social distancing guidelines provided by FDA and the CDC we will also observe any social distancing guidelines established by our host partners.
- Donors and staff will be wearing masks.
- Please remain at least six feet from other donors.
- Drink plenty of water before and after donating to ensure you are well hydrated and eat a good, healthy meal at least two hours before your donation.
- Don’t forget your government-issued picture ID.
- Before you arrive on the day of your appointment, fill out your donor questionnaire on your own mobile device/desktop with QuickScreen. This also helps manage overcrowding.
- Please do not bring children and/or pets to blood drives as they are not allowed into the donation area.
- You may still donate blood if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine.