MILLSAP – July is a time for red, white and blue. It is a time for splashing in local lakes, and traveling to see sites and loved ones. But for patients needing blood transfusions, it is also a time when the right blood types and blood products need to be on the shelves, so that advanced medical treatments can continue. Carter BloodCare urges members of the community to avoid a blood donation vacation; instead, give before you go.
July is the perfect time to donate blood, as it can be a peak time for travel-related and outdoor accidents that can require blood transfusions. Additionally, 22 percent of the annual blood supply comes from high school blood drives. Most of those drives take a break in the summer.
Millsap High School is hosting a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Millsap Community Center at 101 Fanin St.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.