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Blood donors are urgently needed to save lives in October. Even people unable to donate can help save lives by sponsoring a blood drive at their place of worship, school or workplace.

Planning a blood drive is easy: email [email protected] to get started. Trips can be planned in homage to the life of a family member or in memory of a loved one. Everyone can save lives in this way, even if they are personally unable to donate blood.

One pint of whole blood can save three lives. At a time when blood products are urgently needed, Carter BloodCare reminds the community that blood is essential and cannot be manufactured. Volunteer donors are rescuers for local patients.

First United Methodist Church is hosting a community blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 3 at 225 Lovers Lane in the activities building. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Nick Nichols at 903-677-3956.

Masonic Lodge of Athens # 165 is hosting a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 at 2030 E. Corsicana St. in the parking lot of the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Jeff Almrud at 512-940-7831.

Donors can complete the medical history questionnaire online on the day of donation, before arriving to donate. People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are still eligible to donate blood.

Carter BloodCare staff and unvaccinated donors are required to wear face covers during blood drives or donation centers, except when the temperature is taken during screening, or when eating and drinking after donation. Vaccinated donors are strongly encouraged to continue to wear masks. Carter BloodCare will comply with required mask warrants, where applicable.

Potential blood donors can volunteer at the age of 16 with parental consent; 17 year olds can donate independently and there is no upper age limit. For more information on donor eligibility and to schedule an appointment, call / text 800-366-2834 or visit

Carter BloodCare believes personal stories are a powerful way to encourage someone to donate blood. Share your story at and inspire others to donate blood this fall.

About Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare is an independent community blood center that provides blood resources to more than 180 medical facilities in more than 50 counties in north, central and eastern Texas. The 501 (c) (3) nonprofit is one of the largest blood transfusion programs in Texas, providing more than 450,000 blood products per year to meet the demands of hospitals for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products.

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