Blood and Platelet donations needed to support patients this holiday season

Local restaurant chain thanking donors for saving lives
December 19, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has teamed up with Bill Miller Bar–B-Q to thank blood and platelet donors this holiday season. Blood and platelet donations decline dramatically during the holiday season as high school and college students, as well as frequent donors, are on vacation. 

As a thank-you to the community for donating during the holidays, STBTC and Bill Miller Bar–B-Q will give away some great coupons:

From Dec. 17- 23, blood donors will receive a coupon for a two-piece fried chicken meal.

From Dec. 24- 31, blood donors will receive a coupon for a slice of pie and tea.

From Dec. 17-31, platelet donors will receive a coupon for a Bill Miller small family meal.

Donations during the holidays greatly help in emergencies and ongoing use for cancer patients, new mothers and premature babies to name a few. Cancer patients need platelets to recover from treatment, while trauma victims and surgery patients need platelets to stop their bleeding.

Coupons will be given out while supplies last. Platelet and blood donors are encouraged to schedule a donation by calling 210-731-5590 or visiting southtexasblood.org to secure a spot.

With support from organizations like Bill Miller, San Antonio has avoided critical shortages this year. Efforts continue to ensure that blood is available for accident victims, cancer patients, and mothers of newborns, transplant patients and the many others in need.

Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old and weighs at least 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or 17 years old and above and weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health may donate blood. All donors receive refreshments, a wellness check and are encouraged to eat well before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation at www.SouthTexasBlood.org.

Women who have been pregnant who wish to donate platelets will be tested for the presence of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) antibodies. HLA antibodies can be found in 10- 20 percent of women who have been pregnant, and they can cause Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI), a rare but serious complication in certain patients who receive transfusions. If you have not given platelets within the last year and would like to be tested to see if you can donate, please schedule a whole blood donation.  To learn more visit www.SouthTexasBlood.org/Blood-Donation-After-Pregnancy.