Friday, September 23, 2022 — The American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast Region needs special volunteers to deliver blood products to hospitals and provide the vital link between blood donors and patients who need blood products.

Volunteers in the blood transportation specialist position have two important assignments — to transport blood from our blood collection sites throughout the Texas Gulf Coast Region to our lab in Tulsa for testing and processing, and to deliver blood products to hospitals in the area using a Red Cross-owned vehicle.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE? These crucial volunteers will be asked to fill two to four shifts in their region each month, the assignment usually taking about four hours to complete. The need for these transports may be scheduled during the day, in the evening, and on weekends.

If you have a valid state driver’s license and at least 3 years of licensed driving experience, you can choose regular routes, stand-by emergency deliveries or both. This is a great volunteer opportunity for couples, friends or family members. Volunteers should be familiar with the area and be able to lift as much as 45 pounds. Training is provided by the Red Cross. Blood transportation specialists can schedule their own hours while helping patients in need.

“It only takes a few hours each week to have an impact on someone’s life.  When you join us, as a member of our Blood Transportation Team, you’ll serve as a critical link in getting blood donations to those who need them,” said Vanessa Valdez, Regional Communications Manager. “Training is free, but the blood you deliver is priceless.”

If helping hospital patients who need blood and blood products during their battle back to health is of interest to you, visit here for more information.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.