Blood Donors to receive commemorative Texas Strong T-Shirts
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global (BBG), will be thanking blood and platelet donors with commemorative T-shirts through Sept. 30 The Center had a 20 percent reduction in collections during the summer months because schools were not in session and frequent donors were on vacation.
Last year, events including Hurricane Harvey and the tragedy of Southerland Springs affected the community blood supply, South Texas donors rallied to help area patients and hospitals who needed blood transfusions.
“Our volunteer donors have always answered the call to help, and last year was no different. Today is no different,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, STBTC associate medical director. “We wanted a donor thank-you gift that would recognize and thank our donors for their resiliency and commitment to always helping patients and neighbors in need.”
Donors with types O-negative or O-positive blood are highly encouraged to donate While all blood types are needed, staff will consult with donors to ensure they make a donation that is most needed for area patients and hospitals.
The Center serves a 44-county area of South Texas and hopes the thank-you gifts will further motivate volunteer donors. Those donating lifesaving blood and platelets should set aside one to two hours of their time, depending on donation type.
To best accommodate donors, the center operates seven donor rooms throughout San Antonio, New Braunfels and Victoria. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit SouthTexasBlood.org or call 210-731-5590.
Anyone wishing to donate blood must present identification. Donors under the age of 16 must have a signed parental consent form and weigh at least 120 pounds. Anyone over the age of 17 may donate and must be in general good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. All donors are encouraged to eat well and adequately hydrate before and after donation. Refreshments and snacks are provided to donors. In addition, all donor receive a wellness check. Learn more about blood donation at SouthTexasBlood.org.