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HH Recreation Center hosts Carter BloodCare Drive

HH Recreation Center hosts Carter BloodCare Drive

By Shannon Myres, Correspondent

Friday the Harker Heights Recreation Center hosted a blood drive for Carter BloodCare from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Carter BloodCare provides transfusion resources to over 200 medical facilities within the North, East, and Central Texas areas.

Over 300,000 units of blood components are provided annually by the Carter BloodCare organization. In Central Texas alone, they serve 14 counties and are the sole blood providers for Seton Medical Center, Metroplex Health System, Killeen Heights Veteran Center, and when requested, to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

Blood cannot be manufactured and is in constant need.

“About every 90 seconds there is somebody in Texas that needs blood,” said Vickie Carpenter, Manager of Recruitment Operations for Carter BloodCare.

The goal of Carter BloodCare is to receive 1,100 blood donations a day for the three regions serviced. On average, Carter BloodCare provides approximately 60 to 75 blood drives a month in the Central Texas area.

The upcoming summer months are crucial for blood donations. Carter BloodCare regularly host blood drives at high schools.

“(High school students) provide about 25 percent of the blood supply to our local hospitals,” said Carpenter.

With school not in session during summer, Carter BloodCare is in need for more donors and businesses to host blood drives to maintain the blood supply.

Blood drives are a convenient way for people to give back to their communities. Within an hour that it takes to give blood, a person’s donation can save up to three lives.

Donating an invaluable resource to someone in need can be a very rewarding experience. Blood donor, Bryan Buck, has been donating blood since his father brought him to his first blood drive at age 16.

“Every 8-10 weeks, as often as I can,” said Buck.

According to the American Red Cross, approximately 38 percent of the US population is eligible to donate blood, but only three percent actually donate.

If you are interested in making a donation or hosting a blood drive visit or call 1-800-336-2834 for upcoming information on community and business blood drives.



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