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Earlier this week,  the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center distributed almost 1,100 units of blood to area hospitals.  During the same two day period, only 480 blood donations were made.  Needless to say, the demand for blood donors is extremely urgent right now.  The current blood shortage shows no signs of changing anytime soon and the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more stress to the blood supply.  Now is the perfect time for you to make a donation.

Not only will you be helping countless individuals such as new mothers to accident victims.  You can also help your own health by donating blood?  Yes, there are benefits to your own health as well:

The mini-physical that you get when giving blood could reveal underlying health conditions including anemia, a lack of iron in the bloodstream.

When you donate blood your blood is tested for multiple conditions such as AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, and the Zika and West Nile viruses. If you have a positive test, you will be notified as soon as possible.

A blood donation spurs your body to create new, healthy blood cells to replace the ones going to patients.  Potentially up to 2 million red cells a second!

For men, donating blood can help your heart health. It can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 88%.

Doing good for others can help you live longer.

Get more information about health benefits from donating blood by clicking here.

To get more information about donating blood or to schedule an appointment click here.

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