The Catholic church views blood and organ donation as an act of charity, fraternal love and self sacrifice. Transplants are ethically and morally acceptable to the Vatican. Pope John Paul II stated, "The Catholic Church would promote the fact that there is a need for organ donors and that Christians should accept this as a "challenge to their generosity and fraternal love" so long as ethical principles are followed."
- The need for Blood and Blood products
- What you can do to donate blood
- Dates & Locations for STM Blood Drives in 2017
- Blood drive results
- Volunteer Opportunities
The need for Blood and Blood products rise due to: [top of page]
- Increase in traffic accidents
- Decrease in the number of eligible donors
- Increase in elective surgeries
- An aging population
Each year a group of parishioners organize and volunteer to participate in up to five Blood Drives that are held at St. Thomas More.
What you can do to donate blood: [top of page]
Sign-up for a time to give blood by using the Web form located https://www.stmaustin.org/blood-drive/blood-donor-signup-form:
Appointments can only be made online or by contacting the ministry leader.
Please contact the ministry leader to manually add your name if the Web Form throws an error.
Dates & Locations for STM Blood Drives in 2017: [top of page]
- February 11th (Family Center)
- April 29th (Life Teen House)
- July 22nd (Family Center)
- September 30th (Family Center)
- December 9th (Family Center)
2017 Blood Drive Results [top of page]
April 29th, 2017
|Total number of donors||56|
|Total Number of Whole Blood Donations Collected||37|
|Total Number of Red Cell Donations Collected||6|
|GRAND Total Number of Donations Collected||43|
February 11th, 2017
|Total number of donors||43|
|Total Number of Whole Blood Donations Collected||32|
|Total Number of Red Cell Donations Collected||12|
|GRAND Total Number of Donations Collected||44|
2016 Blood Drive Results: [top of page]
Total Number of Donations Collected in 2016
|January 23, 2016||38|
|April 16, 2016||38|
|June 11, 2016||48|
|October 1, 2016||41|
|December 3, 2016||53|
Volunteer Opportunities: [top of page]
Volunteers help raise public awareness by posting event announcements at local businesses, answer donor questions, and refer donors to the appropriate coordinator or your ministry leader.
Other volunteers are asked to call 10 to 15 donors the week prior to the blood drive to remind them of the event and ask if they can participate.
Shift workers are asked to donate 3 hours on the day of the blood drive to assist in the following tasks:
- Helping donors sign in and fill out forms prior to their screening interview. This volunteer also helps keep track of the next person in the line.
- Serving coffee, juice and cookies to donors who have completed their donation.
- Looking after donors and their guests. (Some donors may need extra care, especially if they feel uneasy after donating. Others may have small children that need supervision while they donate.)
If you have a need for Blood or Blood Products not covered by insurance...OR
If you would like to volunteer to help in future Blood Drives...OR
If you have questions regarding the Blood Drive Ministry...OR
Please contact the Blood Drive Ministry Leader and they will be glad to assist you with your matter.
Tom Camardo, #(512) 250-0551, firstname.lastname@example.org