Carter BloodCare hopes to draw crowd

Staff Writer

Save a life by donating blood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the west end of the Devall Student Center parking lot.

Carter BloodCare will be sponsoring the event and all students and employees are welcomed. Last semester Carter BloodCare received 29 units of blood surpassing its goal. This semester the center hopes to meet or exceed that amount.

Every donor will receive a Dallas Star hockey puck and be entered into the Dallas Stars experience drawings that includes luxury suite tickets complete with complimentary food and beverages. Donors will also receive two mezzanine seats to a Dallas Stars game for the price of one.

To be eligible to donate blood, one must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs. and bring a valid Texas I.D. Donors cannot give if currently taking antibiotics for treatment.

Before giving blood, donors should eat a low-fat meal within two to four hours,  drink lots of water or juice before and after donating and also avoid alcoholic beverages for 12 hours before and after donating.

Carter BloodCare covers approximately 60 counties and more than 200 hospitals and medical facilities with nore than 1,100 people benefiting from the donation of blood. Around 30 blood drives are hosted a day.

“It takes us all to work together,” said Charlotte Jordan, recruitment consultant.

Jordan noted donations this month have been slow due to the weather and people affected with the flu and viruses.

“We encourage people to donate blood to help save a life because there is no synthetic substitute for blood,” Jordan said.

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