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January is ‘National Blood Donor Month’

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Carter BloodCare: City of Seven Points, Girl Scouts encourage North Texas to give

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SEVEN POINTS–The New Year comes with new resolutions for happiness, wealth and better health. A big part of recovering health for many hospital patients, is receiving blood transfusions when required. Every 90 seconds someone requires a transfusion; whether it’s for an accident, cancer treatment or elective surgery. And donations often decline at the start of a new year. That’s why January is recognized as National Blood Donor Month in the United States.
There is a new sense of urgency to support the blood supply. We can’t make this stuff – blood, that is. Blood cannot be manufactured in a lab. The lifesaving source only comes from unselfish volunteers. For decades, those volunteers have mostly come from World War II era and Baby Boomer generations and these groups are dwindling. It is essential that everyone begins to view blood donation as a necessary support for a robust, high-tech health care system. Blood can’t be stockpiled either. It has a shelf life and is in constant need of replenishing.
The City of Seven Points is helping to boost the blood supply by hosting a drive from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Library at Cedar Creek, located at 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Glenda Ivey at (903) 432-4185.
Additionally, until Jan. 17, 2020, all those who present to give blood will receive a free box of Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies, courtesy of Cumulus Radio Group and Girl Scouts Northeast Texas.
For information on donor eligibility and appointments, call or text (800) 366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.