As the year wore on, the blood donors continued to charitably give, supporting a healthy and diverse blood supply. However, the region faced another challenge in late December. A historic and deadly cold front moved in, spanning nearly the entire continental United States, causing more than 6,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected nationally.
Mobile blood drives were a pivotal resource for life-saving blood donations throughout the year, helping the region overcome these challenges. By year’s end, there were 1,700 mobile drives held across the region. Aiding platelet collection efforts were the organization’s blood donation centers in Plano and Irving. An expansion of platelet collection capabilities in 2023 should further encourage platelet donations.
With the likelihood of more weather-related disasters and everyday emergencies in 2023, blood donors are crucial to patients in need. Blood donors are vital to our health care system, and during emergencies and crises, the need for blood is greater than ever.
January is National Blood Donor Month. Start the year off right by resolving to becoming a regular blood donor in 2023. Every blood donation can save a life. Visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive near you.