A whole blood donation takes less than an hour and can be completed at one of seven donation sites in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Victoria, or at one of dozens of mobile blood drives across South Texas.

San Antonio, TX, March, 3, 2016 – With Spring Break trips coming up, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is encouraging everyone to consider donating blood before leaving on vacation.

Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been found in Mexico, Central America, parts of South America and the Caribbean. To make sure blood donations are free of the virus, STBTC is asking anyone who travels to those regions to wait until 28 days after their return to donate blood.

Four out of five people who contract the Zika virus never have any symptoms. But the virus has been linked to birth defects and a neurological condition called Guillain-Barrè syndrome, and STBTC, the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control are working to maintain the safety of the blood supply.

The problem with delayed donations is that there are patients all across South Texas in immediate need of blood. Blood and its components are in constant demand, used in helping people undergoing treatment for cancer and accident victims, as well as those having surgery or being treated for a wide range of illnesses. There is no substitute for blood.

A whole blood donation takes less than an hour and can be completed at one of seven donation sites in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Victoria, or at one of dozens of mobile blood drives across South Texas.

Now more than ever, we need the support of our community to make sure that blood is available for patients throughout South Texas. So before you hit the beach, please help save the lives of others in need in our community, visit an STBTC blood drive near you.

Balcones Heights
H&R Block
March 17, 2016
4400 Fredericksburg, Suite 114
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brooks AFB
Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
March 16, 2016
3333 Research Plaza
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

DPT Laboratories
March 18, 2016
3300 Research Plaza
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Bulverde
Bracken Christian School
March 31, 2016
670 Old Boerne Road
12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cibolo
Byron P. Steele II High School
March 24, 2016
1300 FM 1103
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elmendorf
Alcoa
March 18, 2016
1455 Old Corpus Christi Road
6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Intertek
March 23, 2016
16015 Shady Falls Road
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Helotes
O'Connor High School
March 24, 2016
12221 Leslie Road
8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson 
March 8, 2016
911 Central Pkwy North
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kelly USA
Boeing Aerospace
March 18, 2016
601 Crockett Road BLDG 375
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Leon Valley
Earthwise Living Day
March 5, 2016
6427 Evers Road
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Live Oak
Live Oak Cinema
March 18, 2016
7901 Pat Booker Road
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Olmos Park
Travis Early College HS
March 23, 2016
1915 N. Main Ave.
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

San Antonio
Allstate Insurance
March 2, 2016
227 North East Loop 1604, #200
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

JW Marriott SA Hill Country Resort
March 2, 2016
23808 Resort Parkway
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MacGregor Medical Center
March 2, 2016
9969 Fredericksburg Road
1:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Taft High School
March 3, 2016
11600 FM 471
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thompson Print Solutions
March 3, 2016
5818 Rocky Point
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Boone Elementary
March 4, 2016
6614 Spring Time
3:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning
March 4, 2016
9272 Highway 87 East
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Memorial Drive for Eric Smith
March 5, 2016
123 N Loop 1604 E
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trader's Village
March 5, 2016
9333 SW Loop 410
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wal-Mart
March 5, 2016
8538 IH-35
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
March 6, 2016
1918 Palo Alto
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Dominic Catholic Church
March 6, 2016
5919 Ingram
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Temple Beth-El
March 6, 2016
211 Belknap
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mercury Insurance
March 7, 2016
12961 Park Central
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pyramid Building
March 7, 2016
601 NW Loop 410, Suite 103
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

University of the Incarnate Word
March 7, 2016
4301 Broadway
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bank of America Plaza Building
March 8, 2016
300 Convent
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Carenet
March 8, 2016
11845 IH 10 West
9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Carenet-Brooks City Base
March 8, 2016
3120 Sidney Brooks
9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Frost & Sullivan
March 8, 2016
7550 IH 10 West
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Low T Center
March 8, 2016
9234 N. Loop 1604
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Northwest Crossing Elementary School
March 8, 2016
10255 Dover Ridge
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

University of the Incarnate Word
March 8, 2016
4301 Broadway
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AT&T: CWA Broadway
March 9, 2016
4119 Broadway
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Burbank High School
March 9, 2016
1002 Edwards St.
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fabian Dominguez Corrections Center
March 9, 2016
6535 Cagnon
6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Locke Hill Elementary
March 9, 2016
5050 De Zavala Road
1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Northeast Baptist Hospital
March 9, 2016
8811 Village Drive
3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

San Antonio Housing Authority
March 9, 2016
818 S. Flores
8:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

San Antonio Orthopedic  
March 9, 2016
400 Concord Plaza Drive
10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stevens High School
March 9, 2016
600 N. Ellison Dr.
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Travelers Insurance
March 9, 2016
9601 McAllister Frwy
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

VCA Health Associates Animal Hospital
March 9, 2016
11214 Iota Drive
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute
March 10, 2016
734 SE Military
10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

AT&T
March 10, 2016
4119 Broadway
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bexar County Juvenile Probation
March 10, 2016
235 E. Mitchell
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coldwell Banker D' Ann Harper Realtors
March 10, 2016
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, #101
9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Federal Building
March 10, 2016
727 Cesar Chavez
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Highlands High School
March 10, 2016
3118 Elgin
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

William J. Brennan High School
March 10, 2016
2400 Cottonwood Way
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital
March 11, 2016
8026 Floyd Curl
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
March 12, 2016
600 Oblate
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Masonic Gift of Life: Highland Hills/Anchor Lodge
March 12, 2016
700 Hot Wells Blvd.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sam's Club
March 12, 2016
2530 Marshall Road
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grace Point Church
March 13, 2016
9750 Huebner Road
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Laurel Heights United Methodist
March 13, 2016
227 West Woodlawn
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Pius X Catholic Church
March 13, 2016
3303 Urban Crest Drive
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Broadway National Bank
March 14, 2016
1177 N.E. Loop 410
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cinemark McCreless Market
March 14, 2016
4224 South New Braunfels
9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nature Sweet Tomatoes
March 14, 2016
2338 North Loop 1604 West
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Our Lady of the Lake University
March 14, 2016
411 SW 24th St.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Generations Federal Credit Union
March 15, 2016
6000 NW Loop 410
10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Dahill
March 15, 2016
8200 IH-10 West
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

H-E-B: #195
March 15, 2016
11551 West Ave.
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

iHeartMedia, Inc.
March 15, 2016
20880 Stone Oak Pkwy
8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Our Lady of the Lake University
March 15, 2016
411 SW 24th St.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Concorde Career College
March 16, 2016
4803 NW Loop 410
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hill Country Bakery
March 16, 2016
145 E. Zavalla St.
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Humana Direct Marketing
March 16, 2016
8119 Datapoint
9 a.m. to noon

Kindred Hospital
March 16, 2016
3636 Medical Drive
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Security Service Federal Credit Union
March 16, 2016
7323 Highway 90 W
8:30 a.m. to noon

Team Express Warehouse
March 16, 2016
5305 Distribution
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Methodist Hospital
March 17, 2016
12412 Judson Road
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hartford Insurance
March 17, 2016
3600 Wiseman Blvd.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H-E-B #398
March 17, 2016
2929 Thousand Oaks
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DPT Laboratories
March 18, 2016
307 E. Josephine
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sea World
March 18, 2016
10500 Sea World Dr.
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Victory Packaging
March 18, 2016
1610 Corner Way Blvd.
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

City of San Antonio: Parman Library
March 19, 2016
20735 Wilderness Oak
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

University Bowl
March 19, 2016
12332 IH-10 West
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

H-E-B: #108
March 20, 2016
20935 N. Highway 281
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holy Trinity Catholic
March 20, 2016
20523 Huebner Road
8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Northern Hills United Methodist Church
March 20, 2016
3703 North FM1604E
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

St. Gerard Catholic Church
March 20, 2016
1523 Iowa
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Greater SA Transportation
March 21, 2016
9600 IH 35 N
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

KSLR
March 21, 2016
9601 McAllister Freeway
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pearson
March 21, 2016
19500 Bulverde Road
9 a.m. to noon

San Antonio College
March 21, 2016
1300 San Pedro
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian Schools
March 22, 2016
4802 Vance Jackson
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Energy Transfer
March 22, 2016
800 Sonterra Blvd.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Harland Clarke
March 22, 2016
15955 La Cantera
8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Pressure Systems International
March 22, 2016
3023 Interstate Drive
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

San Antonio College
March 22, 2016
1300 San Pedro
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WellMed
March 22, 2016
14100 Nacogdoches Road, Suite 116
9 a.m. to noon

Coca Cola
March 23, 2016
1 Coca Cola Place
12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

East Central ISD
March 23, 2016
9653 New Sulphur Springs Road
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

SWBC
March 23, 2016
5727 Farinon Drive
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harland Clarke
March 24, 2016
5800 NW Parkway
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WellMed
March 25, 2016
415 Embassy Oaks Drive, Suite 200
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

CWT/BRC
March 25, 2016
5711 University Heights
1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

WellMed
March 25, 2016
12459 Network Drive
8 a.m. to noon

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
March 26, 2016
15200 Judson Road
9 a.m. to noon

Wal-Mart
March 26, 2016
16503 Nacogdoches Road
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Whole Foods Market
March 26, 2016
255 E. Basse Ste.130
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Elrod Elementary School
March 28, 2016
8885 Heath Circle Drive
2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Palo Alto College
March 28, 2016
1400 W. Villaret
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

UTSA: Main Campus
March 28, 2016
6900 N Loop 1604 West
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AT&T
March 29, 2016
3550 Belgium Lane
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Miner Corporation
March 29, 2016
17319 San Pedro, Suite 500
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Palo Alto College
March 29, 2016
1400 W. Villaret
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sun Action Trackers
March 29, 2016
3660 Thousand Oaks
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Trinity Plaza II Building
March 29, 2016
745 E. Mulberry
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Union Square
March 29, 2016
10101 Reunion Place, Suite 170
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

UTSA: Main Campus
March 29, 2016
6900 N Loop 1604 West
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

YMCA
March 29, 2016
3233 N. St. Mary's
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
March 30, 2016
6240 UTSA Blvd.
6:20 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Everest Institute
March 30, 2016
6550 First Park Ten
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Northwest Vista College
March 30, 2016
3535 N. Ellison
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

United Health
March 30, 2016
4350 Lockhill Selma Road
1:45 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

UTSA: Main Campus
March 30, 2016
6900 N Loop 1604W
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baker Hughes
March 31, 2016
11245 Old Corpus Christi Highway
1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

H-E-B
March 31, 2016
11879 Starcrest Drive, Bldg C
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Lee High School
March 31, 2016
1400 Jackson Keller
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Northwest Vista College
March 31, 2016
3535 N. Ellison
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Southwest Preparatory
March 31, 2016
1258 Austin Hwy. Bldg.1
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

UTSA: Main Campus
March 31, 2016
6900 N Loop 1604 West
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schertz
Brandt Engineering
March 2, 2016
6023 Corridor Pkwy.
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Samuel Clemens High School
March 11, 2016
1001 Elbel Road
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Selma
Selma City Offices
March 2, 2016
9375 Corporate Drive
12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
March 13, 2016
16075 N. Evans Road
8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old and weighs at least 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or 17 years old and weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health may donate blood. All donors receive refreshments and a mini-physical, and are encouraged to eat before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation at www.SouthTexasBlood.org. 

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About the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is a nonprofit community blood center providing blood, plasma, platelets and other blood components to hospitals throughout South Texas. STBTC has seven donor rooms in South Texas and conducts multiple mobile blood drives each week.