Summer is not yet over in Texas. August is a time to take a few extra moments to enjoy the outdoors and attend sporting events with friends and family. It is also a good time to remember that one single blood donation can help save up to three lives. Summer is the most challenging season to maintain the community blood supply. Donors are fewer in number and the need for blood by local hospitals is higher than usual.

Giving blood often is the best way to maintain a quality and sufficient local blood supply. Whole blood donors may give every 56 days and friends and family are invited to donate, too.

Good Shepherd Medical Center is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, August 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 700 East Marshall Ave. in the customer service classrooms one and two. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Stacie Campbell at (903) 315-1891. During August, all Carter BloodCare blood donors will receive a mini-foam finger courtesy of Fox Sports Southwest. Donors will also automatically be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to see their favorite home team play. Winners will be drawn from all Carter BloodCare territories.

For details, visit Potential blood donors can volunteer beginning at age 16 with a parent’s consent, and 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit for giving. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo ID each time they donate. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood. For more information about donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or visit