Most everyone is familiar with American Red Cross blood drives. But collecting the blood is just one part of the operation. After processing, the right blood products must be delivered to the right hospitals at the right time, and that requires a lot of logistics. To get the job done, the Red Cross depends on volunteers to transport these donations. One of the most reliable and enthusiastic volunteers is Dave Hearst, who began volunteering in May of 2018 after hearing about the need for drivers while making his own regular blood donation. I interviewed him for a profile for the Red Cross here.
Like Hearst, I also volunteer as a blood driver for our local chapter. It is very rewarding work. We save the chapter more than $1M in transportation expenses annually.