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Life is in the blood

Conexión San Angelo/ Jim Sánchez, contributor/ Jim Sanchez, Photos

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, . . .” (Leviticus 17:11.) Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services of San Angelo) held its’ three-day blood drive from November 17-19 at Shannon South Hospital.

With the Coronavirus infecting the lives of so many, particularly patients who are currently in San Angelo hospitals in need of lifegiving blood, Vitalant was out in full force ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday for its’ three-day blood drive, November 17-19, 2020.

Linda Grace, Vitalant’s Donor Recruitment Supervisor (formerly United Blood Services of San Angelo) spoke with Conexión San Angelo in the parking lot of Shannon South.

“A shortage of blood occurs during major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s so important for people to come in prior to the holiday to help us build up a blood supply” Even after the holidays because that’s when the need will be there even more,” said Grace.

Grace also stated Convalescent plasma’s purpose in the fight against COVID. “It assists them to recover quicker because of the antibodies that work right away to fight off the coronavirus.”

Convalescent plasma refers to the liquid part of the blood from recovered COVID-19 patients. In this therapy, blood from recovered patients, which is rich with antibodies, is used to treat other sick people (per

Here are the results of the three-day blood drive:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, a total of 46 donors; 55 pints of blood donated.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, a total of 20 donors; 25 pints of blood donated.

Thursday, November 19, 2020, a total of 17 donors; 20 pints of blood donated.

The three-day total was 83 donors; and a total of 100 pints of blood.

For an appointment, or hours, etc. call 325-223-7500. Or visit the website,

Donors received a coupon for frozen turkey ($25 value, from H-E-B,), and a long-sleeved holiday T-shirt. “donating blood got me off the naughty list”

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