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Giving thanks is a good way to start your day, especially if you enjoy excellent health. Carter BloodCare is thankful for the hundreds of members of the community that volunteer to give of themselves through blood donation to support local patients.

H-E-B in Corsicana will host its Carter BloodCare blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at 201 S. 15th St. in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Joe Kruse at 903-874-4778.

Navarro College of Corsicana is also hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3200 W. Seventh Ave. in the student center. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Faye Davis at 903-875-7570.

Epic Nursing and Rehab is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 3210 Highway 22 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Jennifer Await at 903-386-3235.

Giving just one pint of blood – the approximate amount that is collected – can save three or more lives. This is because today’s technology allows the blood center to separate whole blood into at least three products: red cells, platelets and plasma.

Cancer patients are often prescribed platelet transfusions to offset the side effects of disease treatments. Platelet donors are also in demand to support other patients, such as those who undergo heart surgery.

These procedures are performed frequently in hospitals throughout the north, central and east Texas areas served by Carter BloodCare. Platelets have a short shelf-life and more than 100 platelet donations are needed each day to help maintain the requirements for patients.

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