Carter BloodCare Newsroom

Welcome to the Carter BloodCare online newsroom. We are continually building content for this site, so we invite you to visit frequently and share your email so we can keep you informed of news about Carter BloodCare and blood donation.

Carter BloodCare wants to be your primary local resource as you explore the subject of blood donation and the blood banking industry. In the Carter BloodCare service area, 600 to 800 patients a day require blood transfusions. Volunteer blood donors are an essential link between the doctors' orders and the patients who depend on that transfusion. 

Please let us know what information you need if you do not find it here.

Latest News Releases

Statement From Carter BloodCare Concerning Zika Virus
July 29, 2016
Local Response to Paris Attacks
November 14, 2015
Blood products delivered for Fort Hood shooting response
April 2, 2014
December 6, 2013
December 6, 2013
West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion
April 19, 2013
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News Highlights

Statement Regarding FDA Announcement - Dec. 23, 2014

Carter BloodCare releases a statement regarding the FDA's announced intent to ease the lifetime deferral from blood donation for men who have had sex with men. 


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced their intention to revise the long-standing restriction on blood donation by men who have had sex with men. Until the new guidance is published by the FDA, there is no change in Carter BloodCare’s blood donation guidelines.

The FDA has been considering this issue for several years. Their decision reflects similar changes that have been implemented for some time in the United Kingdom, other countries in Europe, Australia and Canada, regarding the eligibility of blood donation by men who have had sex with men.


The agency will issue a guidance document in 2015 that will propose a change in the current permanent deferral, to a one-year deferral, for any man who has had sex with another man. The FDA guidance document will be available on a public website when released and will allow for a comment period for feedback. 

Inclement Weather Update from Carter BloodCare

December 6, 2013

Due to extreme icy conditions, Carter BloodCare's operations in North and Central Texas are closed today, including all blood donation centers and community blood drives.

In East Texas, all blood donation centers remain open for blood collections EXCEPT for the center in Paris, Texas. If you are safely able to get out and give blood, you may do so at our donation centers in Tyler, Longview, Marshall, and Mount Pleasant. You may visit to make an appointment or find the location nearest you.

Decisions about hours of operation for the remainder of the weekend will be made on a day-by-day basis.

» North Texas and Central Texas Operations Closed
Media Alert - West, Texas


April 19, 2013 10:52 a.m.

Our team is hard at work to help those that were affected in the tragic explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Due to an enormous community response, the blood supply needs for area hospitals have been met for today.

Because of blood donors who give often, our blood supply was strong when the need arose. As a result, Carter BloodCare was able to help supply the local hospitals. Our thoughts continue to be with our Central Texas neighbors, staff and community partners during this difficult time.

The communities continued commitment will be needed to maintain a safe and sufficient blood supply. Blood needs will increase during the upcoming summer months. By giving blood year round, donors ensure that Carter BloodCare can continue to meet the needs of community patients. Please remember that giving during a crisis is a good thing. Giving often throughout the year is a great thing!

For those wanting to give blood, please schedule a future appointment at a donor center nearest you by visiting or by calling 1-800-366-2834. If your organization is interested in hosting a blood drive please email,

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April 17, 2013 11:07 p.m.

Carter BloodCare's headquarters in Waco services nearby hospitals that are receiving patients from the fertilizer plant explosion in West this evening. Many patients are also being transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas that is also serviced by our blood center. In addition to the blood supply we have in Waco, we are also sending more than 300 units to the area from our Bedford headquarters.

Blood needs throughout the Carter BloodCare service area will be in great demand over the next two weeks as we work to replenish the supplies used tonight and the unknown quantities for the near future. To locate a donor center or a community blood drive near you please visit,  If your organization is interested in hosting a blood drive please email


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In The News

Carter BloodCare honors first 100-gallon blood donor in East Texas
September 28, 2012
World Blood Donor Day
June 14, 2012

Brandye Norman talks about World Blood Donor Day on Good Morning Texas

Donor Kurk Gayle talks about the importance of giving blood
June 14, 2012
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Key Contacts
Linda Goelzer
Carter BloodCare
Director of Public Relations
(817) 412-5314
(817) 709-9103

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