5 reasons to become a blood donor in January

January 18, 2019

January is National Blood Donor Month, and to ensure a stable blood supply in the community, blood donors are needed.

Here are five reasons why you should volunteer one to two hours of your time so that lifesaving blood is readily available for patients and hospitals in South Texas.

1. Blood levels dangerously low to start 2019

Blood donations decline over the holiday break and, this year, a number of groups have canceled January drives that would have helped replenish blood supplies.

2. Patient and hospital needs increase in January

The first weeks in January typically have the highest volume of blood use of the year as medical procedures that were put on hold during the holidays are scheduled.

3. Making a difference for patients with blood cancers

Donating blood helps patients like 2-year-old Bella and 9-year-old Lane with their treatments against leukemia and aplastic anemia.

4. Cool offers for donating

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is thanking donors this month with a $10 H-E-B gift card. Donors giving platelets or type-O blood will receive a $20 H-E-B gift card. The Big Lou’s drive on Jan. 19 will have a free 20-inch pizza, a T-shirt, and tickets to City Base Cinema. Past incentives were $10 gift cards for Topgolf and Andretti Indoor Karting.

5. January is National Blood Donor Month

National Blood Donor Month serves as an encouraging reminder to roll up your sleeve to help those in need as we begin the new year.

For more information and to schedule a donation, visit SouthTexasBlood.org or call 210-731-5590.

STBTC operates seven donor rooms throughout San Antonio, New Braunfels and Victoria.

Anyone wishing to donate blood must present identification. Donors under the age of 16 must have a signed parental consent form and weigh at least 120 pounds. Anyone over the age of 17 may donate and must be in general good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

All donors are encouraged to eat well and adequately hydrate before and after donation. Refreshments and snacks are provided to donors. In addition, all donor receive a wellness check.