KBC Encourages Eligible Individuals to Make Donation on World Blood Donor Day

KBC Encourages Eligible Individuals to Make Donation on World Blood Donor Day

A blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in the United States

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Tuesday, Kentucky Blood Center is thanking local blood donors and urging all eligible individuals to save lives through donation. Those interested in donating can find more information about the process and make an appointment at kybloodcenter.org or by calling 800.775.2522.

“World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to thank our many local donors who selflessly help save lives and encourage more people to start their own donation journey,” said Mandy Brajuha, VP of external relations at KBC. “This is a critical time for our blood supply. The need for blood products continues, but the pace of donations traditionally slows during the summer months. World Blood Donor Day is the perfect opportunity to make an appointment to donate blood.”

Countries around the globe celebrate World Blood Donor Day annually to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors. Mexico is the sponsor country this year, and the theme is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives.” Resources and additional information are available here.

America’s Blood Centers recently released a first-of-its-kind guide that provides the latest look at America’s blood supply. It found that although a blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in the United States, just 3% of the U.S. population donates blood each year. Worldwide, more than 120 million units of blood are needed each year.

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, Pikeville, Somerset and the Corbin area.

Donor centers are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In combination with Kentucky Blood Center’s nearly 2,000 mobile drives a year, KBC supplies more than 70 medical facilities in the state.

KBC is currently offering exciting promotional items this summer, headlined by the 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway. All donors 18 and older who register now through Sept. 10 will have the chance to win a 2022 Toyota RAV4. Donors who get out early this summer and register now through July 4 at a KBC mobile blood drive or donor center will also be entered to win a five-night, six-day vacation package for two to the Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The winner of the vacation package will be announced after July 4.

Each donation for the Summer Getaway Giveaway counts as an entry, meaning donors will have a higher chance to win one of the two summer prize packages the more they donate. Donors can give whole blood once every 56 days.

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.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Coming soon!
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, Pikeville, Somerset and the Corbin area.

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