Firefighter Appreciation Month set for September

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Carter Blood Care:

TYLER, TX – Firefighters stand ready to respond and rescue should they be needed in the local community.  This month Carter BloodCare offers the community an opportunity to say thank you, through blood donation.  Donors, during the month of September will be given the opportunity to donate the Life Plan credit they receive for donating blood to the fire department of their choice.  Those Life Plan credits can then be used, within the year, by that fire department to assist should anyone from their department need blood or blood product.  Blood drives will be hosted at the Tyler Donor Center as well as at several Smith County fire stations throughout the month.

A press conference will be held at Carter BloodCare's Tyler Donor Center located at 815 S Baxter Ave on today at 10:30am to kick-off the month long campaign.  In attendance will be City of Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass, Tyler Fire Chief Neil Franklin, Carter BloodCare staff, and Fire Chiefs from surrounding fire departments. 

About Firefighter Appreciation Month
The month of September was chosen as Firefighter Appreciation Month for two reasons.  First, Combat Challenge will return to Tyler on September 24-25 at the Broadway Square Mall.  This event is free to attend and has historically been one of the largest firefighter challenges in the country.  Secondly, it is during the month of September that we remember those first responders who gave their all on 9/11/01.  In the days after 9/11 over 500,000 donors came out, across the country, to donate blood.  Thankfully the blood that was used by patients from the scene was available, not because of those 500,000 people, but thanks to the donors who came out the week before to donate not knowing what tragedy was just around the corner.  Carter BloodCare needs to see at least 1000 donors a day to be able to consistently meet the needs of local hospitals.

About Carter BloodCare's Life Plan
Blood donors assure that blood is available when it's needed.  In return, the Carter BloodCare Life Plan assures blood donors that they will receive financial assistance toward uninsured blood product fees if they or their immediate family members require blood transfusions within 12 months of their donation.

The Individual and Family Life Plan offers up to $1000 credit toward uninsured blood product fees for the donor and the donor's tax-dependents.  The Group Life Plan allows donors to donate an individual credit to a group of their choosing, while still maintaining their Individual Plan.  That donor group receives a $10 credit, valid for one year for every registered donor.  The donor group can then assign those credits as necessary to those within the group who need them to assist with the cost of used uninsured blood product.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years old, 16 with parental consent, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health.  People who present to give blood should eat a nourishing meal before donating and must bring a photo ID.  For more information about donor eligibility, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-DONATE-4 or visit

About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare's volunteer donors provide lifesaving blood for patients at over 200 healthcare facilities in 54 North, Central and East Texas counties. Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America's Blood Centers.

Community Firefighter Blood Drives

Troup VFD
Friday, September 3, 2010
101 E Bradford, Troup

Whitehouse FD
Friday, September 10, 2010
303 E Main, Whitehouse

Friday, September 17, 2010
107 W Longview, Arp

Noonday VFD
Friday, September 17, 2010
16619 Hwy 155 S, Noonday

Lindale FD
Saturday, September 18, 2010
208 E Hubbard, Lindale

Lake Palestine East FD
Saturday, Septmeber 18, 2010
East Lake Baptist Church
243 FM 346, Bullard

Bullard VFD
Monday, September 20, 2010
215 S Houston, Bullard