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February 1, 2012
It’s February. All that is red and heart-shaped is front and center.  Already,social networks are abuzz with pictures of jewelry, flowers, romantic destinations and plans that should help anyone create the perfect Valentine’s Day for their special someone. But it’s not all commercialism. February is also “Heart Month” and the conversation has increasingly become more focused on heart-health.  As an organization which relies on an army of healthy people to save lives through blood donation, we celebrate heart health.
January 13, 2012
(San Antonio, Texas; January 12, 2012) South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is urgently requesting all eligible donors to give blood. We thank donors who answered the call for blood over the New Year holiday weekend; however, the current community blood inventory is at a less than one day supply. That is far short of the normal status of a three to four day reserve.  All blood types are at critically low levels, and this poses a threat to our community.   Several factors have caused the blood supply to fall to critical levels. Blood usage at local hospitals has increased significantly since the beginning of the year. “Traffic accidents are the most frequent call type our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) receives. Donating blood is one way to help,” states Deborah Foster with SAFD.  
December 29, 2011

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Stop & Give is a national blood drive to honor anyone affected by motor vehicle collisions, to build our community blood centers and to promote awareness about safe driving. In 2009, a random act of recklessness led to the death of Dr. Laurie Sherlock’s first child. The Sherlock’s started this event to encourage random acts of generosity to help the communities we live in.

There are over 39,000 deaths from automobile accidents annually in the US. Stop and Give blood drives give grieving and recovering communities the means to do something positive with their pain. 

How can you get involved?

December 1, 2011
There’s something about that new car smell that gets one excited. These days, the feeling could be deflated by thoughts of an additional car payment squeezed in to an already tight budget. But if you’re a blood donor who has donated even once since January 1st  of  this year, continue to dream. Close your eyes and take in that new car smell. You’re already in the running to win a 2012 Toyota Tundra just for giving blood! 
November 23, 2011
Thousands of patients are waiting for a potential marrow match that can save their life. They depend on people just like you. Signing up for the Be The Match registry is easy and takes less than ten minutes. Anyone who is 18 to 60 years of age willing to donate to any patient in need and is in good general health can register. But just because you registered does not mean you will be matched. You have a chance of 1 in 600,000 of becoming a match for a patient. If you do become a donor the most common form of donation today is Peripheral Blood Stem Cell. This is a non-surgical, out-patient procedure similar to an apheresis donation. You will receive a daily injection for five days that will increase blood-forming cells in the bloodstream.  On the fifth day, the donor’s blood is removed through a needle on one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming stem cells. The remaining blood is returned to the donor through the other arm.

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