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Three Facts Everyone Should Know about Blood Donation

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Carter BloodCare
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Prior to assuming his current role as president of his own realty firm in McKinney, Texas, Kevin Griffin managed lending professionals at four separate locations as regional president of Independent Bank. Kevin Griffin gives back to his community in many ways; one of the most important ways is by donating blood. Mr. Griffin has a rare blood type, and he is a member of the Gallon Club at Carter BloodCare, one of the largest blood centers in Texas. Here are three facts about blood that may help potential donors decide to give.

1. Blood donation rates are much lower in the summer and winter seasons. While donations are always needed regardless of the time, July to August and December to January are frequently difficult times for donations. Donating and encouraging others to donate during these times can make a big difference.

2. Your blood type dictates how your blood is best put to use. Each of the eight blood genotypes can be given in a certain way for the donation to have the greatest impact. AB positive donors, for example, can donate plasma and platelets rather than whole blood because those elements of AB positive blood are transferable to all other blood types.

3. Blood cannot be artificially produced. People who need medical care are completely dependent upon the blood given by donors, and the short shelf life of blood makes it difficult for centers to maintain an adequate supply.

Carter BloodCare Calls Attention to World Blood Donor Day

 

Carter BloodCare pic

Carter BloodCare
Image: carterbloodcare.org

With more than 30 years of professional banking experience, Kevin Griffin recently took on a new role as the president of Kevin Griffin Realty, LLC, in McKinney, TX. He previously operated as the regional president of Independent Bank, also in McKinney, TX, and a senior vice president of State Bank and Trust Company in Dallas. Dedicated to giving back to the community, Kevin Griffin is a member of Carter BloodCare’s Gallon Club.

One of the largest blood centers in the state, Carter BloodCare provides more than 300,000 units of blood annually. Established in 1951, the nonprofit extended its reach in East Texas in 2007 when it merged with Stewart Regional Blood Center in Tyler. It has since grown to supply transfusions to more than 200 medical facilities in more than 50 counties throughout the state.

On June 14, 2016, Carter BloodCare honored World Blood Donor Day, which was started by the World Health Organization in 2004 to raise awareness of the need for safe blood products and celebrate global blood donors. By calling attention to the lull in blood donations it typically experiences during the summer months, Carter BloodCare hoped to fulfill its needs by bringing in the 1,000 daily donors it requires to do so.