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Louisville Nurse Wins Toyota RAV4 After Donating With KBC  

KBC presented two grand prizes during the 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sharon Jones, a 63-year-old nurse from Louisville, was presented the keys to a 2022 Toyota RAV4 on Wednesday at the Kentucky Blood Center Hillview location as the grand-prize winner of the Summer Getaway Giveaway.

Jones, who has worked with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities for 30 years, is a longtime blood donor. She began donating with Kentucky Blood Center this year after discovering the Hillview location just a few miles from her house in Shepherdsville.

Sharon Jones’ winning registration was Aug. 30 at the Hillview Donor Center in Louisville. She is pictured alongside Mandy Brajuha, VP for external relations at Kentucky Blood Center.

She has since made four donations this year, the last of which – on Aug. 30 at the Hillview Donor Center – was the winning registration, less than two weeks before the Summer Getaway Giveaway ended. Individuals 18 and older who registered to give blood with KBC between May 23 and Sept. 10 were eligible. More than 23,000 entries were recorded.

Jones began donating when she was 18, but the impact it makes hit home for her just a few years ago when her husband needed several units of blood following emergency surgery for a collapsed lung. It was discovered during surgery that Jones’ husband had significant internal bleeding.

“It became a little more personal,” Jones said. “I’ve also needed blood and my dad did a long time ago. There’s nobody that can really say they don’t know anybody who has needed blood. Someone always needs it.”

Although Jones never donated to win something like a vehicle, to win the 2.5 liter, four-cylinder RAV4 is a welcomed thank you that will replace her current 18-year-old truck.

“When you donate, it’s going to go to somebody who needs it,” Jones said. “It doesn’t take very long time to do. You’re taking an hour out of your time every two months, and most of the time when people are getting blood, it’s a lifesaving issue. Just knowing that someone got your blood, that’s enough satisfaction in itself for me. They’re so low on blood, it’s something that everybody ought to think about.”

Jones is the second of two winners for the 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway. Kelsey Michael, a 26-year-old pediatric intensive care unit nurse at the University of Kentucky Hospital, won an all-expenses paid trip for two to Jamaica in July. This marks the second straight summer KBC has given away two prizes.

“Our drawings for our summer promotions are 100% random, but to award two people in one year who have dedicated their lives to helping others is really special,” said Bill Reed, CEO of KBC. “Thank you to both Sharon and Kelsey for their commitment to saving lives, and thank you to everyone who helped put blood on the shelves this summer. We hope their stories will continue to inspire donors to give the rest of the year.”

Summer is traditionally a difficult time for blood centers. Transfusions generally rise in the summer months while donations decline. After two years of diminishing donations because of COVID-19 complications, this summer put a considerable strain on the already low blood supply. To motivate donors to come in and roll up their sleeves, KBC began giving away brand-new Toyota vehicles in 2008.

KBC, the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky, services more than 90 Kentucky counties from Pikeville to Paducah. Blood donations help KBC supply blood for cancer treatments, premature births, car accidents, diseases, surgeries and more in more than 70 hospitals across the state.

Donors can schedule an appointment at kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Donate at any of our eight donor centers or more than 2,000 mobile drives:

Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Dr.
Lexington, KY 40509
Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle
Lexington, KY 40513
Hillview Donor Center
5406 Antle Drive Suite 101
Louisville, KY 40229
Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
Frankfort Donor Center
363 Versailles Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A)
Somerset, KY 42503
Tri-County Donor Center
1454 W. Cumberland Gap Pkwy
Corbin, KY 40701

About Kentucky Blood Center
Celebrating 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville and Somerset.

Kentucky Blood Center at the Kentucky State Fair

Donors can donate blood and be eligible for prizes, Toyota RAV4

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Celebrating all things Kentucky, the Kentucky State Fair would not be complete without a chance to save local lives in the state.

Kentucky Blood Center will once again offer an opportunity for fairgoers to donate blood each and every day at the 2022 Kentucky State Fair. KBC will be located in the south wing of the Health Horizons building at booth B401 collection blood donations daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The Kentucky State Fair is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Mandy Brajuha, VP of external relations at KBC. “We are always excited to welcome back our loyal Fair donors and for the chance to introduce new faces to the experience of saving local lives. As the largest community blood center in Kentucky, we are proud to serve as a sponsor of this great event again in 2022.”

All donors who give blood with KBC at the Kentucky State Fair will receive is a “Giving is Good” T-shirt, a KBC trucker hat and an entry for a fully loaded RAV4. KBC will also feature a daily prize wheel, which will give donors the chance to take home another great limited-edition KBC gift.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.

Blood centers across the country have faced unprecedented shortages of blood throughout the pandemic, and the summer months always see a drop in donations. With an increase in usage by the 70-plus Kentucky hospitals served by KBC, the nonprofit has found itself at an urgent or critical need throughout the summer months.
Blood donations help KBC supply blood to local hospitals for cancer treatments, premature births, car accidents, diseases, surgeries and more. KBC needs approximately 400 donors a day to meet the needs of local patients but has fell well short of that goal in 2022, putting patients at risk.

Donations at the Kentucky State Fair can help put blood back on the shelves before Labor Day weekend when demand typically increases.

About Kentucky Blood Center
Celebrating nearly 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Pikeville, Somerset and the Tri-County area.

Kentucky Blood Center Offering Donors Chance to Help with Flood Relief Efforts  

Donors can help blood supply and KBC will make $5 donation to flood relief in Eastern Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Blood Center is offering local donors with the chance to double their impact this week. Donors can visit any KBC donor center or mobile blood drive between Aug. 10-17 to boost the critically low blood supply and help our neighbors in Eastern Kentucky. If a donor chooses to pass on their KBC thank you T-shirt, the blood center will make a $5 donation to flood relief efforts being made by the Pikeville Medical Center Foundation and the ARH Foundation.

Last week, Kentucky Blood Center shipped two loads of supplies to Eastern Kentucky to aid with the flooding relief efforts from earlier this month.

Kentucky Blood Center serves hospitals throughout Kentucky, including many hospitals in the areas impacted by last week’s record flooding and devastation. The nonprofit and its employees quickly banded together to provide $15,000 worth of assistance by way of financial contributions and a large delivery of supplies to help with recovery efforts. The community organization is now offering its donor base with the chance to contribute.

“Our hearts are hurting for our neighbors, and this disaster has impacted many members of our team in one way or another,” said Bill Reed, president and CEO of Kentucky Blood Center. “We know that many folks want to do something to help and this is a great way to help those impacted by the flooding while also helping provide an ample supply of blood as we continue to see a decline in donations and increased use of blood at hospitals throughout Kentucky.”

Blood centers across the country have faced unprecedented shortages of blood throughout the pandemic, and the summer months always see a drop in donations. With an increase in usage by the 70-plus Kentucky hospitals served by KBC, the nonprofit has found itself at an urgent or critical need throughout the summer months.

Donors can take part in this unique opportunity to “give and give again” by visiting any of KBC’s eight donor centers or a mobile blood drive in their area. Appointments can be made online at kybloodcenter.org or by calling 800.775.2522. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

All donors 18 and older who register now through Sept. 10 will have the chance to win a 2022 Toyota RAV4.

Blood donations help KBC supply blood to local hospitals for cancer treatments, premature births, car accidents, diseases, surgeries and more. One donation can save up to three lives, and one in four people will need a transfusion at some point in their life.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.

Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Cir.
Lexington, KY 40513
859.276.2534  
Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Dr.
Lexington, KY 40509
859.327.3223
Tri-County Donor Center
1454 W. Cumberland Gap Pkwy.
Corbin, KY 40701
606.261.7002
Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
502.290.0537
Hillview Donor Center
5406 Antle Dr.
Louisville, KY 40229
502.915.0989
Frankfort Donor Center
363 Versailles Rd., Suite 300
Frankfort, KY 40601
502.234.2447
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
606.432.4979  
Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A)
Somerset, KY 42503
606.679.7413
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About Kentucky Blood Center
Celebrating nearly 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Pikeville, Somerset and the Tri-County area.

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