Every blood donation at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center can help up to three people right here in South Texas.

But did you know your gift of life also can make you a part of a worldwide community? It can put you in a group devoted to a safe blood supply for every patient in every hospital or clinic around the world.

STBTC has an agreement with an organization called the Global Blood Fund® , which is just such a community. The GBF works with organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America, in some of the poorest nations on Earth, to ensure the safety and suitability of blood supplies.

The Global Blood Fund, which is operated almost exclusively by volunteers from the blood banking industry, helps centers with a variety of needs, from supplies to software.

Your role is simple: Log into or set up your account in our Donating for Life program, then donate your points – accumulated every time you give blood – to the Global Blood Fund.

“From the tens of millions of  blood donors to the network of medical, scientific and management professionals working to ensure their donation gets to the patient in need, people seem to recognize that there is something magical about blood donation,” the GBF notes on its website.

“People giving blood so that strangers they will never know might live is a shared experience across the planet, and its humanity unites us. GBF works to create opportunities for individuals and organizations to help others within this shared community.”

To find out more about donating blood, signing up for Donating for Life and joining the GBF community, click here to visit the Global Blood Fund page on the STBTC website.