Dallas — Dallas Summer Musicals is partnering with Carter Bloodcare for a blood drive on Friday, March 27 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Protocol for preventing the spread of Coronavirus will be implemented, including social distancing, pre-screening, and extra sanitizing. You can probably sing your favorite show tunes as you're donating, perhaps something from Blood Brothers or Sweeney Todd.
Here's the full news release:
Health management has become a priority for every industry in the country – companies that once manufactured non-essential consumer products have redirected their focus to producing resources such as masks, personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and more. However, one essential resource that no company can manufacture is blood. Blood must come from volunteer donors in our community.
“The Music Hall at Fair Park is typically a venue that houses fictional heroes. Tomorrow, we’ll house real life heroes,” said Kenneth T. Novice, president of Dallas Summer Musicals. “Dallas Summer Musicals is grateful for the opportunity to support Carter BloodCare during these uncertain times by hosting this essential blood drive.”
While much of the world is on hold, the need for blood products is ongoing. Carter BloodCare is asking our healthy community members to step up for those who currently can’t; and #BraveTheMoment by giving blood.
Carter BloodCare is focused on providing a safe donation experience to ensure social distancing, extra sanitizing and proper prescreening procedures. 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 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.
- Complete your questionnaire before arriving the same day of your appointment using Carter BloodCare’s QuickScreen: https://qs.carterbloodcare.org/HOME/INDEX
- Carter BloodCare staff will greet you at the Music Hall at Fair Park campus and escort you thoroughly and promptly through the donation process.
- This is a county and state-approved medical appointment allowing participants to leave their shelter-in-place location to donate blood at community blood drives.
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.