For the second consecutive year, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que and Carter BloodCare are teaming up in the true spirit of giving this holiday season. The partnered organizations are appealing to North and East Texans to donate blood this fall as the community blood supply has dropped to an unprecedented low across the Lone Star State.
Carter BloodCare officials note they have not seen such a chronic resource scarcity in their more than 30 years of blood industry experience. Because of this ongoing situation, first-time and lapsed volunteer donors are urgently needed to pump new blood into the local supply to save the lives of Texas patients.
To support the community during this nationwide shortage, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que and Carter BloodCare will hold mobile blood drives at the famed restaurant’s 18 locations in November. As a thank you, donors who give at any Carter BloodCare blood drive or donor center in November will receive a coupon good for $2 off any $10 purchase from Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, while supplies last.
“We at Soulman’s have always been encouraged by the generosity of our guests and extended Soulman’s family. This holiday season, it is vital to spread the spirit of giving and Carter BloodCare provides one of the most impactful gifts that affects local lives daily,” said Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.
Organizers hope to see at least 50 donors per day for a total of 900 units of donated blood during the November drive. Each donated pint can help save three lives, meaning the drive can potentially and positively affect 2,700 patients in need of transfusions.
Carter BloodCare President and CEO Dr. Merlyn Sayers said, “A key reason people cite for not donating blood is that no one asked them to do so. Thousands of qualified people have never been invited to give blood. Together, Carter BloodCare and Soulman’s Bar-B-Que now ask fellow Texans to donate with friends and family, because blood donation as a community is more important than ever to help local patients who depend on all of us.”
Said Randle, “We are excited to participate for a second year to support Carter BloodCare on this important initiative. The Soulman’s family invites our guests to join us in rebuilding this lifesaving community resource.”
Mobile blood drives are scheduled at the following Soulman’s locations:
Hurst: Monday, Nov. 8, 3 – 6 p.m.
Forney: Friday, Nov. 12, 1 – 6 p.m.
Rockwall (Goliad location): Friday, Nov. 12, 1 – 6 p.m.
Mesquite: Friday, Nov. 12, noon – 5 p.m.
Sulphur Springs: Monday, Nov. 15, noon – 5 p.m.
Garland: Monday, Nov. 15, 1 – 6 p.m.
Allen: Monday, Nov. 15, 2 – 5 p.m.
Cedar Hill: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 3 – 7 p.m.
Mansfield: Thursday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Greenville: Friday, Nov. 19, noon – 5 p.m.
Van: Friday, Nov. 19, noon – 5 p.m.
Red Oak: Sunday, Nov. 21, noon – 5 p.m.
Lancaster: Monday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Quinlan: Monday, Nov. 22, noon – 5 p.m.
Lewisville: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rockwall (I-30 and Ridge Road location): Tuesday, Nov. 23, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Royse City: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Terrell: Tuesday, Nov. 23, noon – 5 p.m.
Donors are encouraged to make appointments in advance.
Carter BloodCare staff and unvaccinated donors are required to wear facial coverings at the blood drives, except when temperature is taken during screening, or when eating and drinking after the donation. Vaccinated donors are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks.
Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit CarterBloodCare.org.