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'Blood...improving, prolonging and saving lives

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Each year, Carter BoodCare provides 330,000 units of life saving blood for the North Central and East Texas area.

Now with the holidays upon us, Carter BloodCare is turning to our community for help.

"The thing about blood is that it's either life improving, life saving or life prolonging. So, whoever receives will be given a big gift from you," says Nyc Moy, with Carter BloodCare.

Carter BloodCare needs 600 to 800 units of blood to meet the needs to people company wide; here in East Texas they need 140 units a day

"Our demand actually goes up and our supply goes down typically because schools go out, a lot of businesses are shut down those last couple of weeks. So we kind of rely on organizations or churches to host blood drives for us," says Moy.

Right now, Carter BloodCare does not have any blood drives setup for the last two Sundays of the month, and need your help to fill those spots.

"A lot of people don't realize that our supply is constantly rolling, as blood is coming in, blood is going out," says Moy.

So, they're asking organizations or churches to step up and help.

"If a church or another organization would like to host a blood drive, basically what we would ask is for them to give us a place to either park, or set up inside. If we're inside, we have a couple of criteria that we would have to meet. We would also these organizations to get the word out talk to their members about I and encourage them to donate," says Moy.

Carter BloodCare says a person who donates has the ability to save up to three lives.

About a third of the population will receive blood in their lifetime and less than five percent actually donate blood.

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