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HLR Blood Drive 2-25-11

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Keep blood donation top-of-mind in 2011 - a new habit for a new year
Tell others you're a blood donor and bring a friend to the Holly Lake Ranch blood drive for Carter BloodCare
(HAWKINS), Texas (Jan. 17, 2011) - Blood donors are often silent heroes - going about their lifesaving work without telling others. They are humble and generous people who give blood because they can and they want to help. This year, Carter BloodCare grants you ‘bragging rights' and asks that you speak-up about giving blood. Tell someone you are a volunteer who gives blood to help sustain the community supply. Invite someone you know to give blood at the upcoming blood drive hosted by Holly Lake Ranch to benefit Carter BloodCare on Friday, February 25, 2011. The drive will be held at Holly Lake Ranch off of FM 2869 from 8:30 pm-2 pm. All donors will receive a free t-shirt and a buy one get one free ticket to see the Dallas Stars in action.
Carter BloodCare, a non-profit blood center, needs to see about 1,100 donors a day to meet the needs of patients in the healthcare facilities served. Thirty-seven percent of the population is eligible to give blood but only 10 percent are doing so. Donated blood is lifesaving for patients in car accidents and other emergencies. It is also vital to premature babies, cancer patients or people living with sickle cell disease - many of whom rely on multiple and frequent blood transfusions. As a blood donor, you can be an essential part of someone's recovery from surgery.
Potential donors can be 16 years old with a parent's consent; 17-year-olds may donate independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo ID. Ideally, a donor should also eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before giving blood. For more information about donor eligibility, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-DONATE-4 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare's volunteer donors provide lifesaving blood for patients at over 200 health care facilities in 56 counties in North, Central and East Texas. Carter BloodCare is the largest not-for-profit 501(c) (3) community blood center in Texas and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America's Blood Centers.
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Kim Peddy-Morris
Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator
Carter BloodCare, East Texas
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carterbloodcare.org
www.facebook.com/carterbloodcare
www.twitter.com/carterbloodcare
We save lives by making transfusions possible.