The past few weeks, our community has come together … even while practicing social distancing. Our community’s blood donors have responded to the national call for blood; similar to other community blood programs across the nation, blood donors have shown an abundance of generosity. And we can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are. It means that, currently, we are filling hospital patient transfusion needs … for now.
The need for blood never ends, but the amount of blood needed for a stable blood supply can fluctuate. And during these unprecedented events, the blood supply can fluctuate dramatically.
Hospitals have paused elective surgeries for the foreseeable future. Stay-at-home orders reduced traffic, thereby reducing serious traffic accidents which often resulted in a need for mass blood transfusions. All these combined efforts have led to a rare singular event: an ample community blood supply.
But before we all relax and say “all done!” remember that blood doesn’t last forever. It has a shelf life—an expiration date—and Carter BloodCare has a responsibility to be good stewards of the community’s blood supply. So in order to make sure we do not have more blood than can be used within its expiration date, we are asking you to do the next right thing for the blood supply. Make a future commitment in summer to give blood. If your church, school or business had to cancel their drive, reach out to us to reschedule for late May or another summer month. If you’ve recently given, please consider coming back when you are eligible again.
It is the regular, recurring donors that insure the viability and availability of blood that makes the difference when a crisis or natural disaster happens. Resiliency and planning ahead is how we all get through whatever crisis appears tomorrow. And we #GiveForLife because we are all in this together.