Donate blood, eat free tacos
Officials ask for help with supplies after 20 percent drop
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.