“It’s life or death,” says South Texas Blood and Tissue Center supervisor urging community to donate

South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has about a day supply of blood right now

VICTORIA, Texas—- The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has been struggling to receive blood from the community since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Blood and Tissue Center hasn’t been able to keep up with the high demand for blood. Donations have dropped significantly over the past few months.

In previous years the months of August and September are the busiest times of the year. In September of 2019, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center had 200 blood drives scheduled, now they only have 60. They are in desperate need of the community to give blood.

“It’s really put us in a bad position. We have about a day supply of blood right now and some blood types we have a half of day supply. So if something bad were to happen here at any of our local hospitals, you know we can’t guarantee that we would have that blood on the shelves right now. So we really need everybody to come out and help support us. It’s life or death and that’s why we’re here, doing what we do. We’re here to help save lives,” said Ginger Kolle, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Supervisor.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will have a blood drive on Thursday, September 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of The Texas Department of Public Safety. Before coming to donate you must schedule an appointment online and you have to be at least 16 years old to give blood.

 

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