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ETMC Crockett to hold blood drive

ETMC Crockett will host the Carter BloodCare Mobile Unit on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the Back-to-School blood drive.

During the spring blood drive held in March, 21 people donated and organizers hope to top that number during the upcoming Back-to-School event. As an added incentive, ETMC Crockett will donate a School Supply Packet, valued at $20, to the school district in which the donor resides.

In addition, individuals who donate blood during the event will receive points toward various items, including T-shirts from Carter BloodCare Store and Fox Sports Southwest is offering August blood donors all kinds of live sports action.  Details are available at www.greatamericangive.org.

Carter BloodCare Donor Recruitment Consultant Belinda Murphy said, "Summer is here. That's good news for students and teachers needing a break. But not so good news for the summer blood supply.

"High school and college blood drives stop for the summer, and many of our routine donors get busy, forgetting to schedule their donations. Travel is up, which means accidents are also up, and more surgeries are scheduled during the summer. Bottom line; summer blood donors are needed," she added. 

According to Murphy, Carter BloodCare needs 130 O negative donors to give every single day. Persons with the O-negative blood type make up only 7 percent of the general population. Murphy noted that Type O-negative blood is commonly used for emergencies because any patient can receive it until their own type is known.

Potential blood donors must be at least 16 years old with a parent's consent and 17-year-olds may donate independently.  Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. A photo ID is required. There is no upper age limit for donors, and most medications do not interfere with donor eligibility.

Carter BloodCare supplies many of the trauma centers in East Texas, including ETMC Crockett.