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Restore Your Red Cells with Iron Rich Waffles

One common reason people can be deferred from giving blood is for having a low hemoglobin level. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries iron in the body. The iron is essential for replenishing your red cells after you give a pint of blood during donation. Even if you have enough hemoglobin for yourself, you must have enough extra to give away if you’re going to qualify to donate blood. To put this into perspective, the body of an average-sized man contains 12 pints of blood and an average-sized woman’s contains nine pints, according to the American Society of Hematology. While losing a pint of blood doesn’t sound like much, that ends up being about eight percent of a man’s total amount of blood and 11 percent of a woman’s.

To help your body maintain a healthy level of iron, make sure you eat iron-rich foods before and after you donate blood. Below is a recipe for some DELICIOUS whole-grain waffles with cherry sauce that provide 35 percent of the recommended daily allowance of iron, making it the perfect breakfast to restore your red cells after a blood drive!

Whole-Grain Waffles with Cherry Sauce

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Cherry Sauce:

2 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup honey

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup fine cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 cups low-fat or nonfat buttermilk

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract



Cherry Sauce:

Combine cherries, water, honey, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Set aside.


Whisk whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Lightly beat eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla; whisk until well blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.

Preheat a Belgian-style waffle iron. Lightly coat it with cooking spray. Add enough batter to cover about two-thirds of the surface (about 2/3 cup); distribute evenly with a spatula. Close and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter, using more cooking spray as needed. Warn the cherry sauce over medium heat until hot and bubbling; serve with waffles.

Makes 6 servings


Events & News, Giving Blood,

Tyler Junior College – 3rd Annual 50-Gallon Challenge


BIG SHOUT-OUT to Tyler Junior College (TJC) for surpassing their 50-gallon goal for the third year in a row! Starting in 2012, TJC took hosting campus blood drives to a new level by challenging students to come together and reach a goal of donating 50 gallons of blood.

Each spring, Tyler Junior College students, faculty and community members have rolled up their sleeves and surpassed the goal. This year 449 people accepted the challenge and donated more than 56 gallons of blood! Check out the chart below to see TJC’s 50-Gallon Challenge results through the years.

TJCGraphInspired by the Tyler community and their willingness to give back, we decided to challenge colleges across the Carter BloodCare service area to roll up their sleeves and give. We have partnered with over 60 colleges in our College Gallon Challenge, going on now through the end of April.

Want to be apart of this great cause? Visit to see a list of participating colleges and schedule your appointment to give blood today!

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Check Out the New Irving Donor Center!

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We’ve moved! Our Irving Donor Center has opened in a new location:

Irving Donor Center
7750 N. MacArthur Blvd. #115
Irving, TX 75063

Be one of the first Donors to check out our new space! Schedule your appointment at our new location today by calling 800.366.2834 or visiting

Events & News, Fun Stuff,

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

So who is this guy, Saint Patrick? And why do we celebrate him? Every year on March 17, the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in the United States, dress in green in hopes of not getting pinched! Some of us might also search for four-leafed clovers, eat green bagels and drink too many glasses of green beer. Up for some Irish music and dancing a little jig? Well put on your dancing shoes and learn who Saint Patrick really was.

Saint Patrick is the most recognized patron saint of Ireland and he is honored for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland and is observed by many churches. If you are Irish or have some Irish blood, the day is also one for celebrating your heritage and culture!

There are some great parades coming up to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! If you live in Dallas, dress in your wildest green and go to the Greenville Avenue Saint Patrick’s Day parade. This year the parade is on Saturday, March 15 from 11:00am-12:30pm and Ludacris will perform live after the parade. If you really want to stay fit and healthy and get your blood pumping this Saint Patrick’s Day, join the “Dash Down Greenville 5K” run starting at 8:00am. To join the race, register at

For a taste of some medieval fun near Tyler, go to the Four Winds Faire and join a Saint Patrick’s themed weekend from March 15-16. For more information, visit their web site at And if you really want to get in the spirit, head northwest via Route 66 toward Amarillo, on a road trip to Shamrock, Texas. It’s the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the state of Texas where all things are green:

Whatever you do this year, have some fun, wear green and raise your glass to Saint Patrick!


Events & News, Giving Blood,

2014 Premier Partner Luncheons

During the cold, dark days of January and February, a light shone brightly upon those who have helped us so much during the past year! We hosted eleven Premier Partner luncheons in the DFW (Irving, McKinney, Fort Worth and Dallas), East Texas (Tyler, Longview, Paris and Palestine) and Central Texas (Mexia, Killeen and Waco) regions to honor and appreciate our drive coordinators. They are the individuals who organize and promote the blood drives in their companies, schools and places of worship. They give so much of their time and effort throughout the year and we are so thankful to partner with such wonderful organizations.

We could not do what we do, without the support of our drive coordinators and that is why the purpose of these luncheons was to not only give thanks to our Premier Partners for a great 2013, but also to encourage you to continue in stride in 2014. Individual goals and commitments for the year ahead were set, and we will be with you along the way to keep you informed of ways to stay on track! Though hosting a blood drive is usually what comes to mind first, there are many other opportunities to get involved, such as recruiting new donors or referring a friend to become a drive coordinator.

Our Premier Partners were honored and recognized during these luncheons for their efforts based on four different tier levels. The four program tiers are based on points that are earned throughout the year: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Making it to the platinum level is no easy feat, but it is a rewarding one. If you didn’t hit platinum level in 2013 don’t worry; you can do it in 2014! Don’t forget, you can earn extra points by hosting a blood drive during a time of need, like summer or winter, or by adding automation to your blood drive.

There is no better time to start than NOW. Keep up with your 2014 goals and book your summer blood drives today!

Click the location below to check out images from these luncheons.

DFW                 East                  Central

SAVE THE DATE! To show our continued support and appreciation for our Premier Partners, we are hosting five networking events in May. Save the date of the location nearest you. We will see you there!

  • May 6 – Dallas
  • May 8 – Ft. Worth
  • May 8 – Tyler
  • May 8 – Killeen
  • May 13 – Grapevine

Interested in becoming a Premier Partner in 2014, contact us today at 817-412-5384 or email us


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A Successful Ending of the 2014 Winter Olympics

2014olympics_350The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are over after two weeks of adrenaline pumping, awe striking excitement. Many viewers may be sad that their daily dose of Olympic thrill has ended. But there are many happy Americans that came home donning shades of bronze, silver and gold!

The United States finished the 2014 Olympic Games with 28 medals – 9 gold, 7 silver and 12 bronze. The Russians finished on top in their homeland with 33 medals including 13 gold. Figure skating team members Meryl Davis and Charlie White came home with both a bronze medal for the team figure skating competition and a gold medal for ice dancing. And Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine ski racer, rose to the top as the youngest gold medalist in women’s slalom history.

Texans celebrated Jordan Malone from Denton as he won a silver medal in the 5000-meter relay! Four Texans competed in the Winter Olympics this year – Jonathan Garcia from Houston (long track 1000 meter speed skating), Jordan Malone from Denton (short track skater), Justin Olsen from San Antonio (2-man and 4-man bobsled), and Johnny Quinn from McKinney (2-man and 4-man bobsled). With 230 members on Team USA this year, it will be great to see some more Texans rise to the top to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. PyeongChang’s city motto is “New Horizons” and we can’t wait to see which Texans (and Americans) spread their wings and reach new horizons in 2018. Until then . . . keep on training!