Asking donors to give four times a year
With population growth and hospital expansion, demand for blood in South Texas never ends. But if members of the community would commit to donating blood four times annually, shortages would be a thing of the past.
That’s why South Texas Blood & Tissue is teaming up with DreamWeek San Antonio 2024, encouraging businesses and community leaders to take part in the Commit 4 Compassion Challenge: a pledge to host blood drives or donate blood four times a year.
DreamWeek is a yearly citywide summit supporting civic and civil change. The theme of the 2024 DreamWeek is The Compassion Drive, coinciding with STB&T’s 50th anniversary. DreamWeek events take place in January, which also is National Blood Donor Month.
“What better way to celebrate the love for your city, than to say, ‘I will give blood?’Shokare Nakpodia, founder of DreamWeek San Antonio
There is something extraordinary of knowing you are giving of yourself, and that’s what DreamWeek should be about.”
Throughout Jan. 12-28, there will be more than 200 DreamWeek engagements throughout the city – ways to share ideas, incite discussions or donate blood.
Supporters from the community at Tuesday’s introduction event included civic & business leaders from across the community.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg, a regular blood donor, offered his support of the Commit 4 Compassion initiative. He fondly recalled the last time he visited STB&T, when 5-year-old Amy Morkovsky rang the bell to announce she was cancer-free.
“We want everybody in the community who believes in themselves and believes in their power and believes in their neighbors’ worth and value to come in and schedule a blood drive, make a donation at your employer, or if you’re an employer make a blood drive happen. Commit to doing it because there are more Amys out there.”San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg