North Texas McDonald's sites to host blood drives in September

Drives will continue throughout the month of September at dozens of McDonald’s parking lots throughout North Texas. (Courtesy Carter BloodCare)
Drives will continue throughout the month of September at dozens of McDonald’s parking lots throughout North Texas. (Courtesy Carter BloodCare)

Drives will continue throughout the month of September at dozens of McDonald’s parking lots throughout North Texas. (Courtesy Carter BloodCare)

Local McDonald's sites have partnered with Carter BloodCare to host more than 50 blood drives in September.

Those who give blood will receive a voucher for one free medium lunch or dinner combo meal at McDonald's in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to an Aug. 18 release.

Blood drive locations have been sparse as working-from-home lifestyles continue into the fall, Carter BloodCare said in the release. And a majority of first-time blood donors come from blood drives.

“More than 500 blood drives have canceled since March, or postponed indefinitely. It is important that blood collections mirror the diversity of patients that visit area hospitals," said Dr. Merlyn Sayers, president and CEO of Carter BloodCare. "Blood drives provide that support because they can take place most anywhere.”

The first blood drive of the month will take place at the Globe Life Field in Arlington with the Texas Rangers from Sept. 1-3. Drives will continue throughout the month at dozens of McDonald’s parking lots throughout North Texas.


Carter BloodCare will also be offering COVID-19 antibody testing on donations for a limited time.

Those who would like to donate are encouraged to sign up for an appointment, but walk-ins will also be accepted, the release said.

Each of the blood drive setups will follow social distancing, sanitation and pre-screening procedures in compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Here are a number of the locations, dates and times that blood drives will be open in September. For a complete list of locations and to sign up for an appointment time, visit the Carter BloodCare website or use its mobile app.

Colleyville

  • Sept. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 5609 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville


Coppell


  • Sept. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at 813 S. MacArthur Blvd., Coppell


Grapevine


  • Sept. 14 from 3-7 p.m. at 5345 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine


Irving


  • Sept. 1 from 1-5 p.m. at 4959 N. O'Connor Blvd., Irving

  • Sept. 1 from 8-11 a.m. at 2410 N. Story Road, Irving

  • Sept. 9 from 8-11 a.m. at 4202 W. Airport Freeway, Irving

  • Sept. 9 from 1-5 p.m. at 1308 E. Airport Freeway, Irving


McKinney


  • Sept. 8 from 8-11 a.m. at 3200 W. Eldorado Parkway, McKinney


Plano


  • Sept. 8 from 8-11 a.m. at 701 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

  • Sept. 8 from 9 a.m.-noon at 400 Jupiter Road, Plano

  • Sept. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at 6220 W. Park Blvd., Plano

  • Sept. 22 from 8-11 a.m. at 5004 SH 121, Plano


Richardson


  • Sept. 18 from 9 a.m.-noon at 170 W. Campbell Road, Richardson

  • Sept. 18 from 2-5 p.m. at 1251 E. Belt Line Road, Richardson

By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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