Weatherford, TX — In response to the low blood supply nationwide and in Parker County, Medical City Weatherford is encouraging the community to donate blood.

Partnering with Carter BloodCare, Medical City Weatherford will host a blood drive on Tuesday, July 27. The Carter BloodCare bus will be located in the hospital’s parking lot, 713 E. Anderson St., from 9:00am – 2:00pm Community members may sign-up to donate online or by calling (817) 594-4251.

Blood banks often experience shortages during the summer months when schools are out, blood drives dwindle and regular donors take vacations. The COVID-19 pandemic also impacted donations as blood drives were cancelled at schools and workplaces over the past year.

“Blood products are vital to many of our patients,” says Kristi Saylors, director of laboratory services at Medical City Weatherford. “As many in our community return to pre-pandemic activities, hospitals are seeing a rise in situations that require blood. These include elective surgeries postponed in the last year and even increased trauma cases as more people are exposed to dangers related to leaving their homes.”

Every blood type is needed. Donors can help as many as three different people with just one donation. Individuals who may rely on blood products include trauma victims, cancer and sickle cell patients, mothers giving birth and premature babies.

Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can give independently and there is no upper age limit for donors. People are also eligible to donate if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine or had the virus and recovered. Learn more about Carter BloodCare's donor eligibility guidelines.