Posted on May 8th, 2020
Dallas Summer Musicals follows up Memorial Day holiday with three-day social distanced blood drive
Dallas, TX (May 8, 2020) – Carter BloodCare and Dallas Summer Musicals open the theater for a second run of a three-day blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
After receiving a generous response to their first, social distanced blood drive in March, Carter BloodCare and Dallas Summer Musicals will host another series of blood drives to address a dwindling community blood supply as hospitals resume surgery schedules and their historical ordering patterns for patients. Blood donated in March had a 42-day shelf life. As Dallas-Fort Worth slowly reopens, Carter BloodCare reminds community members to continue to #bravethemoment and make time for blood donation when eligible. Blood products are essential to securing the healthcare industry as the country continues to strive for better health. Giving blood now will help sustain the increased demand, as well as build the blood supply for summer. The blood program and musical company aim to see 300 people present to give blood over three days.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Carter BloodCare again for a three-day blood drive,” says Ken Novice, president of Dallas Summer Musicals. “We are humbled to contribute to this critical cause in the small way of opening the doors to the Music Hall. We invite all who are able to donate, as we know blood is a necessity that can’t be manufactured.”
Carter BloodCare and Dallas Summer Musicals have set the standard on internal social distance blood drive set-ups. They will still comply with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) social distancing, sanitation and prescreening procedures to provide a safe donation experience for donors and staff, and all donors and staff will be required to wear masks inside the Music Hall at all times.
In addition to these procedures, Carter BloodCare’s routine health screening includes asking if a donor is feeling well and healthy. If you have any symptoms of illness, including cold or flu, you should not give blood. Blood donors are also routinely screened for temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, and hemoglobin.
Blood donors should enter the Fair Park through GATE 5 located at the intersection of Robert B Cullum Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Free parking is available outside of the Music Hall. The Music Hall at Fair Park allows for the recommended social distancing between donor beds and in waiting areas.
Appointments are strongly encouraged to help manage the flow and avoid crowding. Walk-in appointments will be accepted but extra precautions will be put in place. Donors without a scheduled appointment will check-in upon arrival and be directed to a designated waiting area until space is available.
Here’s how you can #bravethemoment:
Donors should make an appointment by texting 800-366-2834.
ABOUT CARTER BLOODCARE
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.
ABOUT DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
Since 1941, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the Best of Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs.
DSM gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors, annual fund donors and corporate partners American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV Channel 8. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214-421-5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
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