Victoria blood donors can take home an H-E-B gift card, free movie ticket

A Cuero High School student donates blood during a drive in April. 

The largest blood supplier in the Victoria area is urging residents to donate blood this month as Texas faces a critical blood shortage.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is offering incentives to encourage people to donate blood throughout the rest of August. Anyone who donates blood this month will receive a $10 H-E-B gift card and a free Cinemark movie ticket, according to a news release from the group.

So far this summer, blood collections are critically low. The blood and tissue center serves 48 counties in Texas, including Victoria, and needs to collect 400 units of blood each day to adequately supply hospitals in the area, according to the release.

Blood transfusions are used every day to save lives and are common for all types of patients, from victims of gunshot wounds to kids and adults battling cancer.

“The horrific incidents reported earlier this month in El Paso, Ohio and California were a reminder that it is critical to have blood on the shelves before tragedy strikes,” the center said in a news release.

After mass shootings in all three of those communities, local donors lined up to provide lifesaving blood for the victims of the attacks.

The center urged people interested in donating to schedule an appointment in advance. Local donors can go to the Victoria donor room at 1109 Sam Houston Drive or find a mobile blood drive online. All blood types are needed, especially O-negative and O-positive.

“We’re asking the Victoria community to help restock our blood supply to ensure local patients and hospitals have the blood resources they need,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, the associate medical director of the blood and tissue center.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.
0
0
0
0
0

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Transparency. Your full name is required.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. And receive photos, videos of what you see.
Don’t be a troll. Don’t be a troll. Don’t post inflammatory or off-topic messages, or personal attacks.

Thank you for Reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.

To subscribe, click here. Already a subscriber? Click here.