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South Texas Blood Shipped To Storm-Ravaged Coast

Wendy Rigby
Texas Public Radio
Through Saturday, September 3, 2017, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donor rooms in San Antonio and New Braunfels will be staying open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Life-saving blood given by South Texas donors in San Antonio was shipped to the Coastal Bend on August 29, 2017.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center sent 300 units of blood in what is expected to be the first wave of blood shipments to storm-ravaged southeast Texas.

Since the hurricane made landfall on Saturday, 1,600 donors responded to pleas for help.

On Monday alone, 700 people donated blood in South Texas. That's 300 more than on a usual Monday.

Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.