Only 4% of donors are giving blood to help fellow Texans
With blood supply at 30-year low, Carter BloodCare urges eligible donors to step up to give in August and every two months following
Only four percent of people who can donate blood are actually doing it.
This eye-opening statistic bears repeating: Only four out of every 100 Texans eligible to give blood are donating, a selfless and relatively brief act that saves local lives.
With the blood supply at a 30-year low, new volunteer donors are urgently needed to revitalize this crucial resource. Considered another way, first-time or lapsed donors are in demand to pump new blood into the community supply.
Summer: The season of drought in the available blood supply
Summer is a traditionally slow season for blood donations, which is further compounded by 2021’s already severe blood supply shortage.
Currently, most of the blood collected by Carter BloodCare is shipped out within a day or two to hospitals and medical facilities across North, Central and East Texas. One in seven hospital patients will require blood during their stay. These Texans in need include cancer patients, mothers experiencing difficult childbirths, children with anemia, older adults with health issues, trauma patients and many others.
There are limited reserves, because blood cannot be manufactured and is dependent on volunteer donors.
Each part of the blood plays a special role in helping patients heal and recover. Whole blood donations – the most common type of donation – can be made every 56 days. Platelets – which are primarily used to help patients undergoing cancer treatments, heart surgery and trauma-related procedures – can be donated every two weeks. Read about the various types of blood donations.
Texans step up to help Texans in need
All eligible Texans are urged to make an appointment with Carter BloodCare or walk in to donate blood, and bring friends and family to join them.
A list of neighborhood donor centers is available online. Through this same link, visitors can also use the left-hand navigation to conveniently find local mobile drives by city, county, ZIP code or regional map.
To efficiently reduce wait times, donors can complete the medical history questionnaire online on the day of donation, before arriving to give blood.
Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit. For information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, text/call 1-800-366-2834.
Donors who had a COVID-19 vaccination are eligible to donate blood.
It takes less than an hour to donate whole blood. Since whole blood can be donated every 56 days, that’s only one hour out of a possible 1,344 hours, or 0.074% of a whole blood donor’s available two-month time. It’s time well-spent in saving lives throughout the Lone Star community.
If you’ve ever donated or received blood, please share your story
Carter BloodCare believes personal stories are powerful ways to encourage others to give blood. Share your story at carterbloodcare.org/tellusyourstory/ and inspire donors to join the mission to save lives.
- Effective Aug. 11 , 2021, Carter BloodCare staff and unvaccinated donors are required to wear facial coverings at blood drives or donation centers, except when temperature is taken during screening, or when eating and drinking after the donation. Vaccinated donors are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks.