Every year when summer is approaching, we urge our donors and drive coordinators to make a commitment to help us during our time of need. During the summer months, blood centers all over the country run short on all blood types. Shortages often happen around the same times each year: July – August and December – January.
During the summer months, there are more people outside being active and having fun. While this is always encouraged, it also means there are more people injuring themselves and potentially in need of blood transfusions. In addition, since people are out of town or enjoying the nice weather, there are less of them lining up to give blood. This – you guessed it – leads to less blood for patients, but more patients in need of blood.
Another factor that majorly contributes to the lower blood supply in the summer is school vacation. During the school semesters, we have high schools and universities in our community that volunteer to host blood drives, which account for nearly 21 percent of all the blood we receive each year. When school isn’t in session, we don’t have access to the donors who regularly give during the school year.
The lack of student-run blood drives and the overall decrease in donors makes summer a tough time for all of us in the blood banking industry. If you have ever considered hosting a blood drive, look into scheduling with us during the summer months when your efforts can go even further in the community.
If you are eligible to give, please consider doing so near the beginning and end of summer. That way, your blood can be on the shelves when patients in the community need it most.
For more information on times of need or how you can prepare to help Carter BloodCare save lives in your community, call 1-800-DONATE-4 or click here to host a blood drive.