Waxahachie residents will soon have the opportunity to give blood.

The Waxahachie Daily Light is hosting a community blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16 at 200 W. Marvin Ave.

“We at the Daily Light are happy to be able to provide a convenient, centrally located place for the community to give blood,” said Daily Light office manager, Rachael Loftis. “We encourage residents to call for an appointment, but walk-ins are also welcome.”

She said appointments will be quick and easy, and everyone who donates will be given free juice and cookies.

We hosted a blood drive with Carter BloodCare last October,” she said. “We had 35 donors and we would really like to double that number this spring.”

According to a Carter BloodCare news release, some of the world’s leading medical facilities are located in North, Central and East Texas and require large quantities of blood and blood components 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For the community and Carter BloodCare to meet the ongoing need or blood, 1,100 donors must attend local blood drives or visit donor centers every day.

“Area residents are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and give blood at the upcoming drive,” a Carter BloodCare spokesman said. “Each donation has the potential to help three patients, and currently all types of blood are needed, and particularly needed are type O Positive and O Rh-negative.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 years old with a parent’s consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Photo ID is required. There is no upper age limit for donors, and most medications do not interfere with donor eligibility.

“When we hosted the blood drive last fall, I mentioned the fact that giving blood is a healthy activity and while you’re helping someone in need of blood, you are in effect, getting a mini-checkup yourself,” said Ray Pike, regional vice-president/publisher of Waxahachie Newspapers Inc. “We are looking for an even bigger turnout this time.”

Carter BloodCare’s volunteer donors provide lifesaving blood for patients at more than 300 healthcare facilities in 56 North, Central and East Texas counties. Carter BloodCare is the largest blood center in Texas and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Center.

“In these days of economic downturn which has curtailed much charitable giving, it’s good to know that people can still be involved in giving by donating blood,” said Donna McFarland, director of advertising for Waxahachie Newspapers Inc. 

For more information about eligibility, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-DONATE-4 or visit carterbloodcare.org.

Or contact Loftis at 469-517-1442.

E-mail Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com