DynCorp International team members in Fort Worth, Texas, are participating in a blood drive to benefit Carter BloodCare on Friday, January 24, 2014. Blood donations are in high need during the winter months and donors will be able to directly impact the supply in the local community. The drive also coincides with National Blood Donor Month, which takes place each year in January.
Carter BloodCare was founded in 1998 by the merger of two local blood centers, making Carter BloodCare Texas’ largest blood center. In April 2007, Carter BloodCare also merged with Tyler, Texas-based Stewart Regional Blood Center. Together, they provide more than 330,000 units of lifesaving blood to North Central and East Texas each year.
Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates on behalf of patients and their loved ones in 54 Texas counties.
January is National Blood Donor Month
Since 1970, January has been known as National Blood Donor Month. January is a challenging time for blood donation because winter weather and busy post-holiday schedules can make it difficult for blood donors to keep appointments. Regardless of the time of year, hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma. Just one pint of blood can help save up to three lives.
Blood donation organizations encourage donors to make and keep appointments during National Blood Donor month and hold events such as winter blood drives to support donation efforts.