Due to increased community response, 14 additional appointment slots were added for the Wednesday, Oct. 21 blood drive in Gonzales.
Appointments, which are required, may be made online at www.southtexasblood.org or by calling (210) 731-5590. The web site also has information about who can donate. Some restrictions have recently changed, with, for example, military that served in Europe now eligible to donate.
The blood drive, sponsored by Gonzales Healthcare Systems, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Thrive Healthplex, 1300 Captain Albert Martin Trail in Gonzales.
Joby Stortz of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center was the featured speaker at the Sept. 29 meeting of the Gonzales Rotary Club. Stortz said that the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced donations and that the center is down to a two-day supply of blood. He also said that all donations are being screened for the COVID-19 antibodies and that donors will receive the results of that testing free with their donation. In addition, donors who have the antibodies presents are highly sought for “convalescent donations” that are used to help other recover from the virus.