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CAN YOU HELP? Massive 5-day blood drive begins Monday at San Antonio Shrine Auditorium

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The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will host a 5-day blood drive starting Monday, March 23rd, to help build a 15-20 supply of much-needed blood.

A 3-day blood drive at the Alamodome produced nearly 2,000 units of blood. Including all blood drives for the STBTC, more than 3,600 pints of blood were collected, but officials said that's enough to supply hospitals for about five days.

If you can donate, stop by the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, located at 901 N. Loop 1604 near Blanco Road, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Monday, March 23 and Friday, March 27.

Below is more information from the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center:

The San Antonio Shrine Auditorium allows for the recommended social distancing between donor beds and in waiting areas.

The drive - and donations at all South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donor rooms - are by appointment only to manage flow and avoid crowding. Donors can make an appointment at SouthTexasBlood.org/GiveSA or by calling 210-731-5590.

"It is our hospital’s responsibility to surpass the management of the coronavirus crisis; therefore, continuing operations as is will not suffice," said Angie M. Kauffman, RN, MSN, MBA, NE-BC, chief executive officer of South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital. "We still felt much more could be done, so in light of our area’s critical blood shortage, we have partnered with STBTC and Alzafar Shriners to host this extremely important blood drive. As a community we will persevere and rise above our current situation."

All donors will receive an H-E-B gift card and Wash Tub car wash voucher, plus another e-gift card of their choice from the new STBTC Donor Store. Selections include GrubHub, Hulu and Amazon.com.

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