With more than 1,000 units of blood needed daily in north Texas, giving blood could mean life for someone. Last year, community donations yielded 185 units of whole blood and 25 units of double red blood cells through the Bent Tree Blood Drive.
“We look forward to hosting and participating in this Blood Drive, where people can come and provide a life-saving gift to someone in need,” said Mike Wiltz, Bent Tree catalyst leader. “In partnership with Carter BloodCare, we want to reach out to help the community in which we all live, work and play.”
According to Carter BloodCare statistics, whole blood, kept cool in refrigerators, can be transfused for 21 days after the donation. Red cells can be used for 42 days after they are donated. They are used in the treatment of accident victims, to replace blood lost during surgery, to treat burn victims and to increase the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity. They are also used in treatment of anemia that can’t be medically corrected.
Bent Tree Bible Fellowship is an interdenominational church located in north Dallas. Its heartbeat is to exist to be used by God as He transforms people into disciples of Jesus Christ, here and around the world. Bent Tree regularly partners in local community outreach and continues to support missionaries both domestically and through a broad international presence.