Alamodome blood drive gives donors a chance to do twice as much good in fighting impact of COVID-19
Blood donors can do twice the good with one selfless act at the upcoming “Double Down in SA Town” drive at the Alamodome on May 21-23, helping fight the severe impact COVID-19 has had on both the community blood supply and on food available for hungry families.
The need for blood donations has grown significantly as hospitals in the region resume non-emergency surgeries and other procedures delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, more than 120 blood drives, representing more than 4,000 donations, already have been canceled this summer.
Besides providing lifesaving blood for patients across South Texas, each blood donation will be matched with a financial donation to the San Antonio Food Bank, thanks to a partnership between Silverado Events Center and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global.
“When asked if we would like to contribute, we knew this was something we had to do,” said Ady Terrazas, owner of Silverado Events Center. “To be able to help local patients and families in need is something we all need to get behind and this is truly an honor to be part of.”
Silverado will donate $5 to the food bank for each blood donor, and STBTC will offer each donor a $10 H-E-B gift card. Donors can elect not to take the card but instead have the funds donated to the San Antonio Food Bank.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and BioBridge Global CEO Martin Landon are scheduled to donate blood on Friday, May 22.
“Donating blood is one of the best ways we can help our community during these difficult times, and the need is urgent,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed our blood supply in many ways. I encourage everyone to support our neighbors by donating during the Alamodome blood drive. Blood donations truly help save lives.”
Since many businesses are no longer allowing blood drives at their sites, COVID-19 has forced the center to change the way it collects blood, said Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of STBTC.
“We need our businesses and community to change with us,” she said. “Though many people continue to work from home, we must find different ways to schedule blood drives for healthy, caring individuals to continue to assure an uninterrupted blood supply for hospitals. With non-emergency surgeries being resumed, the demand for blood has increased by 40%, which is depleting our blood supply.”
STBTC estimates it needs 500 donors a day to keep up with the current demand for South Texas patients.
The Alamodome drive will be May 21-23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and donors must make an appointment by calling 210-731-5590 or visiting SouthTexasBlood.org/Give-Now. Donors will be able to park in the Alamodome’s Lot A and will enter through the southwest doors.
Blood centers have established multiple procedures and practices to keep donors safe while giving blood. Those precautions, along with recommendations for staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, are at SouthTexasBlood.org/Coronavirus.