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Blood pressure checked when donating blood

May 7, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.


IF YOU GO

Victoria locations:

• 9 a.m.-noon TuesdayOur Lady of Victory School, 1311 E. Mesquite Lane

• 8 a.m.-noon May 16Victoria County Offices, 115 N. Bridge St.

• 2-4:15 p.m. May 16Victoria I.S.D. Administration Office, 109 Profit Drive

• 2:15-4:45 p.m. May 23Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust St.

Noon-3 p.m. May 31Victoria Mall, 7802 N. Navarro St.

Bloomington location:

• 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 22Bloomington High School, 2875 Farm-to-Market Road 616

• 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 www.southtexasblood.org or call 800-292-5534.

Blood donors are reminded that May is blood pressure awareness month, and what better way to monitor blood pressure than by saving some lives? As a reminder, before every blood donation, all donors will receive a mini-physical that includes a blood pressure screening.

Several blood donors enjoy the mini-physical, but many donate for a bigger satisfaction, including Edward Olmo.

Olmo, a firefighter with the San Antonio Fire Department, said, "Donating blood is another way to serve, to give back to the community. I've been blessed all my life."

All blood types are welcome, but the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center encourages O-negative donors to come out.

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