Do­nate blood, eat free tacos

Of­fi­cials ask for help with sup­plies af­ter 20 per­cent drop

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Metro - By Vin­cent T. Davis

Those who do­nate blood or platelets at South Texas Blood & Tis­sue Cen­ter lo­ca­tions in Oc­to­ber will get free break­fast tacos from Las Pala­pas.

The spe­cial of­fer in­cludes a Las Pala­pas coupon for two free break­fast tacos and one FREEquent buyer’s card that donors may present at any of the restau­rants. The of­fer for one free taco is valid when pre­sent­ing the card.

Of­fi­cials said the sum­mer months saw a 20 per­cent drop in do­na­tions of blood and it is ur­gent to re­plen­ish sup­plies.

Dr. Sa­man­tha Gomez Ngam­sun­tikul, STBTC as­so­ciate med­i­cal di­rec­tor, said donors don’t give blood for food or a T-shirt, but it’s a good way to say thanks.

“We’ve had some great lo­cal part­ners in the past,” Ngam­sun­tikul said, “and we hope our donors en­joy this small to­ken of our ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

Donors with O-neg­a­tive and O-pos­i­tive blood are en­cour­aged to sched­ule a do­na­tion ap­point­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to cen­ter of­fi­cials, more than 600,000 units of O-neg­a­tive are used in emer­gen­cies ev­ery year in ad­di­tion to pro­ce­dures that range from can­cer treat­ments to surg­eries.

To give blood, a donor must present photo ID, birth­date and last four dig­its of his or her So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber. Any­one 17 or older may do­nate but must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Po­ten­tial donors younger than 16 must have a con­sent form signed by a par­ent and weigh at least 120 pounds.

Donors are en­cour­aged to eat a good meal and hy­drate be­fore and af­ter the do­na­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to make an ap­point­ment, call 210-731-5590 or visit www.south­tex­as­blood.org.

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