Blood donations needed this holiday

December donors are entered to win an Apple iPad 2.

SAN ANTONIO -The holiday season is a difficult time for the blood supply. With many frequent donors on vacation, and colleges and high schools out on winter break, south Texas struggles to obtain sufficient donations for patients. In the spirit of this season of goodwill and gifts, take the time to give blood, the ultimate gift of life.

Remember there is a continuous need for blood. Emergencies, transplants, and cancer treatments will not stop during the holiday season. With your donation you will be helping people in your community.

As an added incentive this December, all presenting donors at mobile drives will be entered to win one of four Apple iPads 2. Donors must show identification, before beginning the donation process. Anyone 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with a parental consent form), or at least 17 years of age or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds, and is in good general health may donate blood. For more information call 800-292-5534 or visit Visit a blood drive in your area.

Charlotte High School

Tuesday, Dec. 11; from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

102 E. Hindes

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has been serving the South Texas community’s blood and tissue needs for more than 35 years. Today, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center serves more than 100 hospitals and clinics in 43 South Texas counties. In addition to recruiting, collecting, processing, testing and distributing blood components, STBTC operates a certified tissue bank, houses the Texas Cord Blood Bank and also serves as a National Marrow Donor Program registration site.

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