The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed a secondary national health emergency – a dramatic blood shortage for patients from coast to coast. The demand for blood donors in South Texas remains extremely urgent, with 500 donations a day needed to meet patient needs. A shortage of blood supply can be disastrous for patients of all afflictions, especially the critically injured, mothers and newborns, and cancer patients.
We urge our membership and local residents to make plans to donate blood to help replenish the area’s supply. Please inform your employees and colleagues of the need for blood and ask them to consider donating. Click here to find your local collection center.
Due to the shortage, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is extending hours at the donor rooms at Shavano Park and the Donor Pavilion on IH 10, today and tomorrow. Donors can make an appointment by visiting SouthTexasBlood.org or calling 210-731-5590. Blood donors also can give at the University Hospital Blood Donor Room, 4502 Medical Drive. To schedule an appointment with University Hospital, call 210-358-2812.
All South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donors in February will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, voucher for a 20-ounce smoothie of their choice from Smoothie King on Sundays, as well as points to redeem additional gift cards or merchandise.