Prepping to give blood is a big deal
  • EAT - Eat an iron-rich meal before you give blood. Click here for ideas
  • HYDRATE - Drinking 8-10 glasses of fluid 1-2 days before you give will help make veins more visible, help you feel more energized after donation and more.
  • Rest - Get a good night's sleep before you donate.
  • Avoid aspirin - If you're planning on donating platelets, avoid aspirin products or blood-thinning medications for 2 days before donating blood. 
  • Provide consent - If you're 16-years-old, we will need consent forms signed by your parents. Click here to download the forms.
  • Are you eligible? - If you're not sure if you can give blood, call our eligibility team at (800) 292-5534, ext. 2243, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also email us here
Are you iron ready?

Iron is an important mineral our body uses to produce new red blood cells. We always test the iron levels of every blood donor, before every donation. Low iron (or low hemoglobin level) is the most common reason for temporary deferral. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can be eligible to receive a voucher for a free 100-day supply of iron supplements. For more information on the iron vouchers or iron-rich meal tips, click here.

Let's donate!

How to sponsor a blood drive 
So you’re ready to host a blood drive at your school? The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is here to help!  Your cooperation is crucial in spreading awareness for the need of a constant community blood supply. You are helping us create the next generation of blood donors. We want to help you prepare for your school to raise its sleeve—let’s get started!
Drive Tools


Are you on social? Follow us or like us @connectforlife. You can also scan or click our Snapcode to unlock a fun Snapchat Lens and help share the importance of donating blood. 


For more information on hosting a blood drive at your school, please contact donor recruiting at 210.731.5590.

Are you big on competition?

Learn about Generation Give, a contest for STBTC-area high schools.