400 donors in 5 days: Tyler Junior College hosts 50-Gallon Challenge March 28 – April 1

TJC partners with Carter BloodCare in 11th annual drive to help Texans in need of lifesaving blood

Tyler, Texas (March 21, 2022) – The local blood supply is not yet back to pre-pandemic levels and needs donor support. To help the East Texas community, Tyler Junior College (TJC) and Carter BloodCare are teaming up for the 11th annual 50-Gallon Challenge.

The five-day blood drive challenges TJC students, college faculty and the overall Tyler community to donate a total of 50 gallons; that is equal to 400 units of lifesaving blood. Fifty gallons is enough to support 1,200 Texas patients in need of transfusions. 

The blood drive takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 28, through Friday, April 1, in the Apache Room in TJC’s Rogers Student Building at 1400 5th St.

Additional locations include:

  • Room 395 of TJC’s Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Building (Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29, only)
  • On the Carter BloodCare bus at the TJC Welcome Center (Wednesday, March 30, only)
  • On the Carter BloodCare bus at Wagstaff Gymnasium (Thursday, March 31, only)

Each donor will receive a 2022 TJC T-shirt and a “Give for Texans” stainless-steel water bottle from Carter BloodCare. Daily prizes will be available from local businesses, too.

Appointments are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.

To make an appointment:

  1. Visit CarterBloodCare.org
  2. Click the “Donate Now” tab
  3. Search by sponsor name “Tyler Junior College” to find the complete five-day schedule.

Also, to save time, donors can complete their medical history questionnaire online before arriving on the day of donation. From check-in to completion, donors can expect the entire process to take only an hour or less.

Donors with or without COVID-19 vaccinations are eligible to give blood. For more on donor eligibility, 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 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.