Employees offer several locations for local residents to donate blood
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 7, 2017) – In Tarrant County, you either “go big or go home.” The second annual ‘Big Give’ is coming to Tarrant County this week. And if the event is half as successful as the 2016 Big Give, it will strengthen the community blood supply in a big way.
The 2017 Big Give is an award-winning, second annual blood donation and organ-donor- registry event held across seven locations to encourage participation from as many Tarrant County donors as possible. The single-day blood drive collected 167 units of blood in 2016 (its first year), thanks to Tarrant County resident and event host, Ann Farmer, a retired community resource coordinator for Tarrant County. The idea for the Big Give came in 2015, following the unexpected death of Farmer’s husband who was a long-time surgeon in Fort Worth.
Prior to the Big Give, while Farmer was working as the community resource coordinator for Tarrant County, she coordinated quarterly blood drives for the county employees from multiple locations. From those blood drives, Tarrant County employees have donated more than 3,000 units of blood to date.
Ann Farmer also coordinated the United Way campaign at work, volunteered with the local food bank, and involved herself in other community activities.
During the recent award presentation to Farmer for the success of last year’s first annual Big Give event, Carter BloodCare surprised her by inviting its medical director emeritus, Dr. Margie Peschel, to present Farmer with her award and say a few words about the honoree. Dr. Peschel is a family friend and actually presented Farmer’s father with an award many years ago at a medical meeting. His medical office was located across the street from what was then the Carter Blood Center of Fort Worth and is now the Rosedale Donor Center for Carter BloodCare.
Tarrant County employees are hosting the 2017 Big Give community blood drive across Fort Worth Thursday, February 9 at the following times and locations:
Downtown Fort Worth Plaza Building?
7 am to 3 pm
9 am to 1 pm
8 am to noon
9 am to noon
9 am to 1 pm
10 am to 12:30 pm
Donors can look for the Carter BloodCare buses. For more information, call Colleen Horan, at (817) 412-5372.
Visit carterbloodcare.org and click ‘give life’ to hear personal stories about lives affected by blood transfusions. Additionally, share a personal experience of your own by emailing Carter BloodCare at TellUsYourStory@carterbloodcare.org.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of 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 ID each time they give blood.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
The 1998 merger between BloodCare of Dallas and Carter Blood Center of Fort Worth formed the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) community blood center known today as Carter BloodCare. In 2001, the blood center expanded into central Texas following the invitation to provide service to Waco hospitals. In April 2007, Carter BloodCare merged with a regional blood center in Tyler, furthering the reach into east Texas. Each year, the center provides more than 300,000 units of blood products to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood components. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to more than 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities in North, Central and East Texas. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.