Those who donate blood to Carter BloodCare today, Friday, Tuesday or Wednesday will receive a free movie ticket.
Each year, officials with Carter BloodCare said they’ve observed a giving slump in December and January. The center attributes the slump to vacations, changes in schedules and potential weather-related blood drive cancellations.
Those who would like to donate are advised to eat a nutritious meal and to drink water at least an hour before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo identification each time they give blood.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent, while 17-year-old donors may give independently. There is no age limit for donating blood. On average, the process takes about an hour.
Carter BloodCare in Tyler is at 815 S. Baxter Ave. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.