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Blood donations needed all year long

Oct. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.


Do you know what it means to be a regular blood donor? At the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, the majority of donors donate once a year. If all blood donors gave two to four times per year, blood shortages would be a rare event.

Whole-blood donors can donate every 56 days and can help save up to three lives with each donation. The blood bank is encouraging all blood donors to make donations throughout the year to help ensure patients receive the blood they need, when they need it.

All presenting donors in October will receive a T-shirt and a chance to win one of three family four-packs of Gold Season Passes to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Donate at a blood drive near you.

Victoria locations

•  Monday

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Liberty Academy

1110 Sam Houston Drive

•  Wednesday

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

DeTar Hospital North

101 Medical Drive

•  Oct. 18

8 a.m.-noon

Victoria County Offices

115 N. Bridge St.

•  Oct. 19

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Victoria Mall

7802 N. Navarro St.

•  Oct. 20

9-11:30 a.m.

First United Methodist Church

407 N. Bridge St.

•  Oct. 25

8-10:30 a.m.

Zedi Southern Flow

3001 N. Cameron St.

2-4:30 p.m.

First Victoria National Bank: Navarro Branch

8811 N. Navarro St.

•  Oct. 27

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Zion Lutheran Church

12183 FM 236

•  Oct. 28

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Victoria College

2200 E. Red River St.

•  Oct. 29

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Victoria College

2200 E. Red River St.

5-7 p.m.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

3610 N. Ben Wilson St.

•  Oct. 30

9-11 a.m.

Halliburton

101 Holt Road

Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form) or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds and in good general health may donate blood. All donors receive refreshments, a mini-physical and are encouraged to eat before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation at southtexasblood.org or call 800-292-5534.

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