Carter BloodCare and Kidd’s Kids will host a social-distanced blood drive at the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory for the second annual Celebration of Life event, Saturday, August 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
So many people including some Kidd’s Kids still count on blood transfusions, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This blood drive, in honor of Kidd Kraddick Day in Irving, will help boost the blood supply and ensure that children battling life-threatening and life-altering conditions have the blood products necessary for treatment.
Carter BloodCare is focused on providing a safe donation experience. Currently, masks are required for donors and our staff; we are performing additional sanitizing between donations; and there is room for social distancing. Here are some ways donors can do their part to help. To reduce wait times, donors can fill out a questionnaire online before they show up to donate blood. This means fewer people are waiting, making it easier to “social distance.” Making an appointment is the best way to manage overcrowding.
Carter BloodCare has begun COVID-19 antibody testing for a limited time. All successful blood donations at the Celebration of Life event will be tested. Donors can retrieve their results, in one to two weeks, through their online donor account. We recommend donors create an account after their donation if they do not have one.
For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org. For more information on antibody testing for COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.