McKINNEY, Texas – Your blood donation is more important than ever. Patients in local hospitals need our help.  Carter BloodCare’s inventories are at less-than-preferred levels for all blood types. 

First United Methodist in McKinney is hosting an urgent need blood drive from 10 am-1 pm on Sunday, September 4th behind Church Street Auditorium. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Katie Huntsman at or click here to make an appointment to donate.

Another reason to donate during a holiday weekend is to fill in the gaps left when many routine blood donors might be on vacation. It does not cost money, it is community volunteerism at its best, and it only takes about an hour of one’s time.

More than 75 percent of blood donors give only once a year. The community blood supply is more easily sustained when donors give two or more times annually.

Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water at least an hour before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.

Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit

About Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates on behalf of patients in 50-plus Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to more than 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities in North, Central and East Texas. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.