Carter BloodCare usually sees a decrease in donors around the holidays from December through February, but with the weather issues in previous weeks, the shortage has become more severe.
TCU students can help with the blood shortage by donating blood at the Carter Blood Drive at the Carter Technology Center between Carter and Samuelson halls from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, a Carter BloodCare official said.
“This weather has really hurt us even worse than usual,” Linda Goelzer, director of public relations for Carter BloodCare, said. “Blood cannot be frozen and does not have a long stock life. We have gone almost an entire week without blood collection during the first freeze over we had.”
According to an October 2008 article from NPR, donated blood has a shelf life of around six weeks at blood banks.
Nicolette Avner, the hall director of Carter and Samuelson Halls, said the hall got involved in the drive four years ago when the resident assistants wanted to find a unique event that could start a new tradition in their hall.
“The hall staff at that time was looking to create a new tradition and a way just to give back to the community,” Avner said. “It’s the fourth year going and keeps getting better every year, so we’re really excited.”
Goelzer said donating blood was one of the best ways someone can give back to the community.
“You actually and literally are helping save someone’s life when you give blood,” she said.
Avner said she hoped students will take the opportunity to help out a good cause.
“I think it’s a great way for the TCU community to come together and give back to the community.”
Carter Blood Drive to support Carter BloodCare
When: 3-8 p.m. today
Where: Carter Technology Center between Samuelson and Carter halls
Staff reporter Emily Agee contributed to this story.