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Recent News Articles

For third summer in a row, Whataburger is thanking blood and platelet donors for saving lives
July 1, 2019
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Whataburger is joining the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) to help prevent summer blood shortages by thanking donors with a “Burger and a Movie” in July.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger (no purchase necessary) and an Alamo Drafthouse ticket for helping patients in area hospitals during the summer, traditionally the slowest time of year for blood collections. Donors who give on July 1-8 will receive two movie tickets. In addition, all donors will be entered to win one of three “Whataburger for a year” packages in July.

The partnership began three years ago. This summer already has seen reports of blood rationing in some communities, and the combination of heat and storms will only make shortages worse.

B2B friendly competition to assist patients in need of transfusions
June 28, 2019
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The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) for the fourth annual B2B Blood Drive Challenge to help address critical blood shortages this summer. The participation of local businesses will help patients across the region who are in need of blood and platelet donations.

The challenge comes at a time when STBTC is looking to prevent blood shortages in South Texas. Shortages of donations during the summer have become a common problem in many parts of the United States. There already have been reports of blood rationing in some US cities and the combination of summer heat and thunderstorms will only make shortages worse.

Donors are encouraged to help avoid blood shortages
June 21, 2019
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For years, cousins Grace Kloppenburg and Laurie Pustka have engaged in a friendly competition over blood and platelets donations. Together the cousins have donated more than 40 gallons of blood and platelets, helping hundreds of South Texas patients.

“Donating this many gallons is probably one of the biggest accomplishments I have done,” Grace said. “I can only imagine the people that it’s helped. I wish a lot of other people could do that.”

Laurie has been donating off and on since her senior year in high school, and a few years ago, she encouraged Grace to come with her to donate. Since then, the cousins try to come in at least twice a month to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donor room in Victoria.

Grace also donates in honor of her mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. She recalls her mother having a low platelet count and requiring several transfusions.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center partners with major esports organization to drive summer donations
June 14, 2019
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Patients across the nation are in trouble. The pool of donors providing millions of Americans with lifesaving blood is declining at a rapid rate. Roughly 45% of the nation’s blood donors are older than 50, and as the population ages, it gets harder to maintain the levels needed to save lives.

This World Blood Donor Day, June 14, the Blood Centers of America (BCA) and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) are highlighting the critical need for blood donations. To help engage a new generation of young donors, STBTC and BCA have joined forces with Team Liquid, a multi-regional, professional esports organization with a national base of more than 7 million gamers.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center joins with Valero to encourage blood donors during the annual summertime drop in donations
June 7, 2019
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South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) and Valero have teamed up in June to prevent critical blood shortages in South Texas similar to those occurring across the United States.

Blood shortages, which typically worsen during the summer, have become a common problem in many regions of the country. Although it’s only the first week in June, there already are reports of blood rationing in some areas and the combination of summer heat and thuderstorms will only make shortages worse.

To encourage donations, all donors in June will receive a $10 Valero fuel card and a $5 Sonic gift card. To help boost critical supplies, type O and platelet donors will receive a $20 Valero card and the $5 Sonic card.

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