Blood center and Whataburger continue summer partnership to prevent blood shortages
Donors will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger (no purchase necessary) and an Alamo Drafthouse ticket for helping patients in area hospitals during the summer, traditionally the slowest time of year for blood collections. Donors who give on July 1-8 will receive two movie tickets. In addition, all donors will be entered to win one of three “Whataburger for a year” packages in July.
The partnership began three years ago. This summer already has seen reports of blood rationing in some communities, and the combination of heat and storms will only make shortages worse.
“Working together with partners like Whataburger can help increase blood donations and ensure we have a safe and adequate supply for patients who need it,” said Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of STBTC. “Our partnership has become a summer tradition that blood and platelet donors look forward to every year.”
With support from organizations like Whataburger, South Texas can avoid critical shortages by collecting at least 400 blood donations a day, the number of units typically needed in a 24-hour period for cancer patients, moms and newborns, accident victims and many other patients.
Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old and weighs at least 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or 17 years old and above and weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health may donate blood. All donors receive refreshments, a wellness check and are encouraged to eat well before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation at www.SouthTexasBlood.org.