Free Target or Walmart gift card for September blood donors
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) will provide San Antonio blood and platelet donors with a choice of a $10 Target or Walmart gift in September. The Center is still trying to rebuild inventories after a drop in collections during the summer, and it hopes the new donor recognition gift will encourage people to schedule a donation.
“We know our donors give for reasons other than a recognition gift, and we truly appreciate their time and effort to help patients in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, STBTC associate medical director.
While all blood types are needed, donors with O-negative and O-positive blood are especially encouraged to donate. Every year in the United States, more than 600,000 units of O-negative are used in emergencies, on top of the needs of people undergoing everything from surgery to cancer treatments.
To best accommodate donors, the center operates seven donor rooms in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Victoria. For more information and to schedule a donation, donors can visit SouthTexasBlood.org/Target or call 210-731-5590. Those donating lifesaving blood and platelets should set aside one to two hours of their time, depending on donation type.
Anyone wishing to donate blood must present identification. Donors of 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 donors receive a wellness check. Learn more about blood donation at SouthTexasBlood.org.
In addition to donors, STBTC also is looking for organizations that would like to sponsor blood drives. They can contact the center at 210-731-5590.