In response to the critical need Bartow citizens have
two opportunities to donate this weekend with Blood Assurance
CARTERSVILLE, GA. (Jan. 19, 2018) — The Cartersville Donor Center of Blood Assurance will be open on Saturday, January 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Trinity United Methodist Church will be hosting a Blood Assurance blood drive on Sunday, January 21 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. to help ensure local patients have the blood and blood products needed during this critical time. Blood Assurance, a nonprofit regional blood center and sole provider of blood and blood products for Cartersville Medical Center, is in critical need of O negative, O positive, and A negative blood. Weather has caused drives and blood donation appointments to be canceled as well as donor centers to be closed in many affected areas.
“Because we are in critical need we are asking healthy donors to come replenish the supply,” said Jay Baumgardner, director of marketing and community relations for Blood Assurance. “If you are able to donate, we ask that you take 30 minutes out of your day to save lives in your community.”
The Cartersville Donor Center is located off Joe Frank Harris Parkway in the shopping center across from Cartersville Medical Center. In addition to its usual operational hours of Monday- Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month, the critical need is cause for opening this Saturday as well. For more information, donors can call the Cartersville Blood Assurance Donor Center at 770-334-3261 or “like” us on Facebook at Blood Assurance Cartersville.
Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 814 West Avenue in Cartersville. To schedule an appointment to donate on Sunday go to www.bloodassurance.org/trinityumc or text BAGIVE to 444999.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.