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Summer blood drive saves lives

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The Denton County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will host a blood drive on Saturday, June 11, in Denton.  The event will be from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Rayzor Ranch Wal-Mart, 2750 W. University Drive at I-35E.

Donors will receive a red, white and blue T-Shirt along with a gift certificate to Whataburger.   Carter Blood Care will also provide donors with free refreshments and a place to rest. 

According to Carter BloodCare, the demand for blood increases during the summer months.  Eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood at least once during the summer.  Additionally, teenagers who routinely give blood during high school blood drives should consider donating during the summer.

Potential donors 17 years old or more (there is no upper age limit) may donate by presenting a photo ID.  All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.  For more information about donor eligibility, interested parties may call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-DONATE-4 or visit carterbloodcare.org.

Carter BloodCare’s volunteer donors provide lifesaving blood for patients at over 200 healthcare facilities in 56 counties in North, Central and East Texas.  Carter BloodCare is the largest not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community blood center in Texas and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.

The 1.2 million-member DAV is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families.  Founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests, DAV was congressionally chartered in 1932 as the official voice of the nation’s wartime disabled veterans.

With our brave Americans leaving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the DAV’s services and advocacy are as relevant and critical today as in any time in our nation’s history.  Annually, the DAV represents more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. The DAV’s Voluntary Services Program operates a comprehensive network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for sick and disabled veterans.

DAV members provide grassroots advocacy and services in communities nationwide. From educating lawmakers and the public about important issues to supporting services and legislation to help disabled veterans — the DAV is there to promote its message of hope to all who have served and sacrificed.

For information on DAV, contact DAV.Chapter106@gmail.com or for the DAV Auxiliary, DAVA.Unit106@gmail.com.  Each group meets monthly in Denton.

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