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

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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