Waco, TX (KWKT) — Carter BloodCare can confirm, since the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, the blood supply needs for area hospitals have been met for today.
Because of North, Central and East Texas blood donors who give often, the blood supply was strong when the need arose in McLennan County.
As a result, Carter BloodCare was able to help supply the local hospitals in need.
Because blood has a shelf-life, Carter BloodCare is asking the community to make an appointment to give blood today, rather than going out to donate blood today.
This assures that the blood supplies in the future as strong as they are today.
While blood donors are appreciated at this time, Carter BloodCare would like to remind the community that the need for blood is also great during the upcoming summer months.
By giving blood year-round, donors assure that Carter BloodCare can continue to meet the needs of community patients.
For those wanting to give, please schedule a future appointment at a Donor Center nearest you by visiting http://www.carterbloodcare.org/  or by calling 1-800-366-2834.
If your organization is interested in hosting a blood drive please email email@example.com .
Giving during a crisis is a good thing. Giving often throughout the year is a great thing.
Potential blood donors can volunteer beginning at age 16 with a parent’s consent, and 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit for giving. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo ID each time they donate. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood. For more information about donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.