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It takes donors like you to make a difference.

There’s more than one way you can save a life

It takes donors like you to make a difference.

There’s more than one way to give from the heart.

Blood & Platelets
Stem Cells/ Marrow
Cord Blood & Birth Tissue
Tissue
Charitable Donations

Seventeen-year-old Noah was diagnosed with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. He needed blood donations during and after surgery, and may need more as he undergoes chemotherapy treatment.

Blood & platelets

Thousands of South Texans need blood every year. Donors like you make it possible for patients to fight traumatic injury, cancer and even COVID-19.

Stem Cells/Marrow

A stem cell or marrow transplant is often the best hope for patients with conditions like leukemia and lymphoma.

Join the Be The Match Registry today to keep hope alive.

How to REgister

Fill out registration form
Swab your cheeks
Return your kit

Patients like Amaya drive us to do more. Along with blood transfusions, she needs a matching donor from Be The Match to receive a stem cell transplant. You can help patients like Amaya by joining the registry.

Donation of the umbilical cord or other birth tissue is free and a painless process for both mother and child.

Cord Blood & birth Tissue

Is it possible to be born a hero? A newborn has the power to give hope to patients battling cancer, severe burns and more.

Tissue

Similar to organ donation, you can help heal patients with severe burns, heart failure, broken bones and more.

1
Tissue Donor
can help to restore health to more than
75
Patients

Krizia proudly signed up for the Donate Life Registry, getting a ‘Hero Heart’ on her drivers license. Nine months later she passed away and her gift helped save and heal many people.

Be a part of savinga life.
Support our
Foundation.

Charitable Donations

Your contribution to The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation funds programs, services and equipment that support the lifesaving mission of the BioBridge Global family of nonprofits.

Support our COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

Latest News

Donors
February 19, 2021
Metro Health declares blood emergency
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center needing  2,000 donors to make up shortfall from weather closures The unprecedented winter weather has left San Antonio and South Texas in a blood shortage emergency, with at […]
Donors
February 15, 2021
Severe weather closes blood donor rooms, forces cancellation of drives
All South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donor rooms will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 and all blood drives that day will be canceled because of the severe winter weather across South Texas.
Donors
February 15, 2021
COVID study in UK shows high levels of antibodies up to six months after infection
Virtually everyone in a study in the United Kingdom who had COVID-19 still had antibodies to it in their systems three months after recovering, and almost nine in 10 had them after six months.

Share Your Story

Was your life saved by the generous gift of blood, marrow, tissue or cord blood? Or are you a donor who’d like to share why you chose to save a life?

Donor Family Support

Our Grief Support and Life Legacies program promotes healing, comfort and support for loved ones, and includes workshops, events and resources.

About Us

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For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.

Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.

But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.

We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:

Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies. We’ve recently developed programs to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, as well as improve trauma care.