When you think of the homeless, you might not think of them giving blood. But that’s exactly what two nonprofits are trying with a blood drive Saturday.
Every week Hunger for Love serves warm breakfast to the members of our community who need assistance.
The nonprofit’s founder, Jason Eslicker, a senior at Robert E. Lee high school, thought a blood drive might do well with those they serve, he said.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity,” he said. “We don’t usually get to serve in that way.”
The public is encouraged to participate as well, according to a written release from Carter BloodCare.
During the month of February every blood donor will receive a free Dallas Stars hockey puck and a buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer to see the Dallas Stars play. Plus all donors will be entered to win other Dallas Stars experiences including luxury suite tickets complete with complimentary food and beverages. For details, go to gofightgive.org.
Blood donors for this drive will also receive Chick-Fil-A coupons and Walmart gift cards, Moy said.
Potential blood donors can volunteer beginning at age 16 with a parent’s consent, and 17-year-olds can give independently. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo ID each time they donate.
It’s 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, where you can also see your free cholesterol reading within days of your blood donation.
For more information or to schedule an appointment time for Saturday’s drive, call Nyc Moy at 903-330-0052.