CHS Scheduled to Host Community Blood Drive Event

CHS Scheduled to Host Community Blood Drive Event
Posted on 10/18/2022
Castleberry High School Scheduled to Host Upcoming Community Blood Drive

The Castleberry High School Student Council is hosting a community blood drive with Carter BloodCare on Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM. The event will take place on the Carter BloodCare Bus, which will be parked in front of W.O. Barnes Stadium located at 4801 Blackstone Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76114.

High school blood drives help to develop student leaders and give many their first taste of civic involvement. CHS student, Saleyah Z., VP of StuCo said, "By hosting blood drives on campus, we can develop leadership skills, help those in need, and inspire students and staff to volunteer and be involved with the community.” Additionally, high school students often want to donate blood because it gives them an unmatched sense of accomplishment – they’ve helped save a life!

Another student, Manuel N., said he hopes to “Motivate kids to continue donating in their adult life, as well.” Some of today’s most dedicated blood donors began giving blood in high school.

Since blood transfusion is an essential part of medical care, CHS is excited about partnering with Carter BloodCare and invites the community to participate to ensure blood availability for patients in more than 200 hospitals and healthcare facilities across north, central, and east Texas.

Carter BloodCare is the preferred partner for the campus when hosting blood drives. “I prefer Carter Blood Care over the American Red Cross for several reasons. First, they [Carter BloodCare] have a leadership workshop every year that we [Student Council] participate in,” said Lauren McCrary, who has organized the blood drive events for the high school since 2011. “Second, they [Carter BloodCare] have a great grants program for schools that meet their blood drive goals. Third, their staff [Carter BloodCare] are more experienced at drawing blood.”

This blood drive event is not limited to students. The community and Castleberry ISD employees are encouraged to take part in this life saving event.

Important Reminders for Donors

  • Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent) to donate.
  • Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.
  • Must bring photo ID.
  • Students with a tattoo or body piercing can donate blood if the procedure was in a licensed Texas facility. No wait time is required.
  • Be sure to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to and after their donation. Carter BloodCare offers fluids and snacks before and after the donation.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after donating.

Carter BloodCare is committed to helping donors have the best possible experience while participating in this valuable community service. After the donation, if you or your child have any medical questions, please contact the Carter BloodCare Donor Advocate Department.

Castleberry High School has been awarded a grant from Carter BloodCare for the past two years. McCrary said, “For the 2019-2020 school year we received a $1,000 grant and for the 2021-2022 school year we received a $500 grant.”

Thank you to everyone who registers to take part in this life-changing experience for donors and the patients who benefit from their donations.

For questions or concerns, please contact:

Lauren McCrary, event organizer

Important Information

Click here to reserve your spot at this blood drive.

Click here to download the Parental Consent form (for students 16 years old)