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2017-09-14

Blood needed now

Contributed by Rita Holmerg Woodman

Contributed by Rita Holmerg Woodman,
South Texas Blood Center Hill Country Representative
Just before Harvey came ashore, South Texas Blood Center pushed about 750 units of blood and platelets out to help local hospitals that were receiving patients evacuated from coastal areas.
In the last few days, we’ve sent another 750 units out to areas affected by Harvey, including Houston, Corpus Christi, and other Gulf Coast communities. We’ve also supplied blood and platelets to Puerto Rico.
The areas affected by Irma have started asking for our help as well. The blood centers in Florida have been out of service and need help restocking for all the injured.
We've also kept up with the needs of local patients at hospitals and clinics in this area, providing more than 400 units a day to them.
Last weekend, our supplies were dangerously low. We had less than a day’s supply of blood on the shelves, because donations were very slow over the summer.
The South Texas community has really stepped up to help out patients in need here and across the region, donating more than 2,500 units of blood since we extended our hours on Wednesday.
Because of the generosity of our donors, we’ve been able to provide blood and save lives here and in other communities in need.
Of course, the need will continue long after Harvey fades from the headlines. So, we’re asking everyone to continue to give the gift of life by donating blood. You can make what we call a whole blood donation every 8 weeks, or a platelet donation every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.

Area blood drives
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will be collecting blood on the dates listed below. For more information about blood or platelet drives, call Rita Woodman at 830-522-0178 or visit www.southtexasblood.org.
Thursday, Sept. 14
8:30-11:30 am, EKF Diagnostics/ Stanbio, Bloodmobile behind the building, 1261 North Main, Boerne
Thursday, Sept. 14
1:30-4:30 pm, parking lot of Albany Engineered Composites, 1281 North Main, Boerne
Friday, Sept. 15
10 am-5 pm, in Classroom A, second floor, at Peterson Regional Medical Center, 551 Hill Country Drive, Kerrville
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Boerne Platelet Drive
9 am-2 pm, in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 1381 South Main, Boerne
Monday, Sept. 18 – Leakey High School & Community Drive
10 am-2:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church, at Market and 1st streets, Leakey
Monday, Sept. 18
– Kerrville Platelet Drive
9 am-2 pm, in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 1216 Junction Hwy, Kerrville
Tuesday, Sept. 19
10 am-5 pm, Hill Country Memorial Hospital, in the Bloodmobile next to the MRI building, 1020 South State Hwy 16, Fredericksburg
Saturday, Sept. 23
2 pm-6 pm, Zion Music Festival at Texas Ranger Heritage Center, 1618 E Main, Fredericksburg
Sunday, Sept. 24 - BANDERA
8:30 am-12:45 pm, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, the Bloodmobile across from parish hall, 602 Seventh St, Bandera
Monday, Sept. 25
8:30 am- 3:15 pm, Blanco High School, in the parking lot at 1215 Fourth Street, Blanco
Wednesday, Sept. 27
10 am-5 pm, Schreiner University, Junkin Campus Ministry Center, 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville
Thursday, Sept. 28
10 am-5 pm, Schreiner University, Junkin Campus Ministry Center, 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville
Saturday, Sept. 30
— BANDERA
10 am-2 pm, Bandera County EMS, Bloodmobile in the parking lot, 1105 Main Street, Bandera
Saturday, Sept. 30
– Pints for Polio
1-5 pm, Random Beer Garden, 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Road, in the Bloodmobile, Boerne