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NEWS | Dec. 4, 2017

The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday

By 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Blood donations often decline during the holidays when busy schedules, holiday travel and seasonal illnesses can make it more difficult for donors to make and keep blood donation appointment. But the need for blood doesn't get a break for the holiday season.


Donors with all blood types are needed during the next few weeks before the start of Holiday Block Leave, or HBL, to help ensure the Brooke Army Medical Center and Audie Murphy VA hospitals have critically needed blood and blood products.


Scheduling an appointment in advance minimizes waiting time and allows donors to select location and time that best suits them. There are two locations in San Antonio to donate.


The first is the Akeroyd Blood Donor Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, located at B1249 Harney Road, next to the Medical Education and Training Camus dining facility. Whole blood and plasma donations are needed at this facility.


While walk-in donors are welcome, appointments between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. are encouraged. Call 210-295-4655 for information.


People can also go to the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-San Antonio at JBSA-Lackland, located in building 3425 at 2430 Ladd Street.


Again, walk-ins are welcome, but it's best to make an appointment between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 210-292-8145 for more information.