Carter BloodCare sends blood donations to support Uvalde
Blood center urges Texans to donate blood and platelets to help neighbors in need
BEDFORD, TEXAS – May 25, 2022 – Carter BloodCare has sent units of O negative blood to South Texas to support hospital needs, following the horrific and heartbreaking mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
On Wednesday, May 25, Carter BloodCare provided blood through its founding role in the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps. This network of U.S. blood centers is on-call to assist communities during large-scale emergencies that may deplete their local blood supply.
O negative was provided because it is the universal blood type, meaning it can be used to treat any patient, regardless of their individual blood type.
Along with Carter Bloodcare and as part of their on-call week, the following community-based blood centers have rushed blood to the region: SunCoast Blood Centers, The Community Blood Center (Appleton, WI), The Blood Connection, The Blood Center (New Orleans, LA), Vitalant, Rock River Valley Blood Center, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, Miller-Keystone Blood Center (Bethlehem, PA) and LifeServe Blood Center.
Today’s activation marks the fourth time since its inception in September 2021 that the BERC Network has been activated to provide blood during a national emergency.
How Texans can help
There is a nonstop need for an available blood supply to provide quick emergency response. The North, Central and East Texas community is urged to donate at any Carter BloodCare donor center or mobile blood drive. It takes less than an hour to make a donation that can save three lives.
To pick a time to help neighbors in need, visit CarterBloodCare.org and click the Donate Now tab, or call 800-366-2834.
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 nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 450,000 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. Tu centro de sangre comunitario.