On-campus blood drive makes donating easy
Less than 5 percent of Americans donate blood.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 15:06
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is operating a blood drive at this college to increase the number of donors.
The blood drive, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, continues through Wednesday in the mall.
Lorie Garcia, a South Texas Blood and Tissue Center recruiter, said less than 5 percent of the population donates blood.
The drive is expecting about 35 donors today, which can save up to 105 lives.
Garcia said each 1-pint donation can save up to three lives.
The drive usually draws about 60 donors during busy semesters, but far fewer are expected in a summer semester.
Last week, Garcia was at this college setting appointments for people to donate.
She said appointments are a good idea to avoid overcrowding, but they do take walk-ins.
On-campus blood drives occur about once a month. The next one will be July 9.
Interested donors need to be at least 120 pounds if 16 years old or 110 pounds if 17 or older, and a photo ID is required.
Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.
For more information, visit www.southtexasblood.org or call 210-731-5555.