The community blood supply, especially the red blood cell inventory, has hit a crisis level that ranges beyond the expected summer lows, according to a news release from Carter BloodCare.

Any unanticipated surge in blood needs by a local hospital could deplete the inventory in a matter of minutes, according to Carter BloodCare, a blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in north, central and east Texas.

“If your life depended on it, you would receive a blood transfusion. But there is a shortage, so there is no guarantee. Blood cannot be stocked indefinitely and there is no substitute for it. It must come from altruistic community members. That means someone’s life or health is depending on volunteers,” according to the release.

Carter Bloodcare is helping to organize three upcoming blood drives in Killeen.

AdventHealth Central Texas is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at 2201 S. Clear Creek Road in conference rooms three and four. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Sarah Kennedy at 254-519-8202.

Integrated Pain Associates is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 3800 S. WS Young Drive in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Cinthia Garcia at 254-245-9175.

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Chick-fil-A is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at 1402 E. Central Texas Expressway in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Lauren Vaughan at 254-680-5473. All donors will receive a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a patriotic T-shirt.

“Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation,” according to Carter Bloodcare.

For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.

 

 

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