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There is not enough blood in South Texas to effectively treat all patients. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) says this sobering fact is even more startling when you realize that blood donations are the lowest they’ve been nationally in over 30 years. July is historically the slowest month of the year for donations. That’s why your Chamber has joined STBTC in the quest for higher summer donations by launching our SA Business Challenge to encourage all members to donate during these difficult times.

In order to keep an adequate blood supply, STBTC needs 2,000 donors before July 4. That’s a large target to hit, one that Elizabeth Waltman, STBTC’s Chief Operating Officer, says will require a significant increase in donors.

“We’re facing a situation in which hospitals may be forced to cancel elective surgeries,” Waltman said. “The community needs existing donors to come in and give, as well as new donors to come in – and keep coming in.”

Chamber staff answered the call on Friday, June 24 as nearly half of our staff donated blood. In our SA Business Challenge, we are challenging members to have at least 20% of their employees donate.

“I am proud to be part of such a caring and giving team,” Chamber CEO & President Richard Perez said. Our President wants anyone who steps up and attempts to donate this summer to know that they have his admiration and his thanks.

“In its purest form, donating blood is the act of giving life,” Perez added. “Your time spent donating is going to give life to someone in need. We cannot manufacture blood, it is a gift we all have inside of us to give to those who are sick or have suffered a tragic accident. There is no doubt that the need is huge.”

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