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Carter Blood Care unveils new platelet donation bus

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Soon, another life-saving tool will be hitting East Texas' streets.

The Carter Blood Care Center unveiled its newest donation bus Monday at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - the first platelet donation bus in East Texas.

Local doctors and donors were on hand to talk about how important platelet donation is, and a local priest even sprinkled the bus with holy water to bless it.

The bed has two beds for platelet donation and one bed for blood donation. Until now, patients have only been able to donate platelets at donor centers in major East Texas cities.

"Platelets require an automated machine that's not supposed to be moved around a whole lot, so it's better to have them fixed on these buses and then move that way," said Linda Goetzner, the Director of Public Relations at Carter Blood Care. "So we're just trying to make it convenient for people to help us help the patients in your community."

The Carter Blood Care Center says platelets must be used within five days of being donated, so they're always in need of new donations.

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