South Texas Blood & Tissue Center plans multiple drives next week in large venues to allow social distancing

Donors must make appointments to manage flow and avoid crowding; need for blood continues during pandemic
March 27, 2020

Blood donation has been designated an essential public health activity, and South Texas Blood & Tissue Center needs the community to continue to donate blood to prevent blood shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, has scheduled several blood drives in the next week at locations large enough to accommodate social distancing.

The locations include community centers, hotel meeting rooms, and church gyms or meeting rooms. They are replacing more than 100 blood drives canceled at schools, churches, businesses and other organizations throughout South Texas in the past 14 days.

“We’re getting calls asking if it’s OK to come out to donate under the ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ orders that went into place on March 25 by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. We’re letting people know that blood donation was identified as an exempt activity,” said Elizabeth Waltman, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center chief operating officer.

“This exemption allows donors and our staff to continue to assure lifesaving transfusions are always available for hospital patients, particularly now when the traditional method for scheduling blood drives is not available.”

Upcoming drives:

 
Stevens High School gymnasium
600 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251
Thursday-Friday, April 2-3
 
Cornerstone Central Campus
711 Culebra Road. San Antonio, TX 78201
Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5
 
Kitty Hawk Event Center
310 Kitty Hawk Rd Universal City, TX 78148
Monday, April 6
 
The Espee (Sunset Station)
1174 E Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205
Thursday-Friday, April 9-10
 
Summit Christian Center
2575 Marshall Rd, San Antonio, TX 78259
Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12
 

All donations at the drives and at the seven STBTC donor rooms are by appointment only to prevent crowding in waiting areas. Donor rooms remain open, with social distancing practices in place.

Donors can make an appointment and find out more information about the drives and  donor rooms at SouthTexasBlood.org or by calling 210-731-5590.

“Since all our donations are by appointment only, we’re reserving spots for donors when they schedule,” said Waltman. “If people can’t make it to their appointments, or need to reschedule, we’re asking them to call us at 210-731-5590 so we can arrange for another donor to give during that time slot.”

Donors will receive a $10 H-E-B gift card, a coupon for a free car wash (locations may vary), and a choice of an e-gift card from hundreds of options including Grubhub, Amazon, Hulu and more.