Kentucky Blood Center at the Kentucky State Fair

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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
Mobile Drives
Serving more than 90 counties
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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.

UK Hospital PICU Nurse Wins KBC Jamaican Getaway    

KBC presented first of two Summer Getaway grand prizes Thursday to Kelsey Michael

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kelsey Michael, a 26-year-old pediatric intensive care unit nurse at the University of Kentucky Hospital, is the lucky winner of an all-expenses paid vacation for two to Jamaica, the first of two grand prizes Kentucky Blood Center is awarding this summer to donors who give blood during the Summer Getaway Giveaway.

Kelsey Michael, a 26-year-old pediatric intensive care unit nurse at UK Hospital, won a trip for two to the Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay in the first of two prizes in the KBC 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway.

Michael, who first donated when she was 18 years old at a drive on the UK’s campus, was presented the six-day, five-night trip to the Excellence Oyster Bay – an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica – on Thursday at KBC’s Beaumont headquarters.

“Giving blood has always been easy for me just knowing how often we need it,” Michael said. “I have always kind of thought in my head that every time I give blood (to a pediatric patient), I am going to donate blood. I know it’s not medically possible to do that, but it’s one of those things that motivates me to do it is that mind set of, ‘Give blood to a kid, donate some myself.’ I have seen countless lives saved because of blood donation, so I just want to do my part.”

Michael, a Northern Kentucky native, has been a loyal donor with KBC throughout her education at UK and now as a nurse in Lexington. She has donated whole blood and platelets consistently since 2014.

Michael’s winning registration occurred May 28 at the Beaumont Donor Center, just five days after the Summer Getaway Giveaway began. The window for the Jamaican vacation portion of the Summer Getaway Giveaway was May 23 through July 4. Individuals 18 and older who registered to give blood with KBC during that period were eligible. Nearly 9,000 entries were recorded.

Michael received the winning call from Mandy Brajuha, VP for external relations for KBC, shortly after the July Fourth holiday. The conversation was both relieving and surprising after Michael received a voicemail from Brajuha asking her to call KBC regarding a recent donation.

“I honestly didn’t believe her when she first said something,” Michael said. “I forgot that they do these kinds of things for donating blood because I never did it for more than just donating blooding and knowing the importance of it. It was just kind of an added bonus to doing good for others.”

Michael, who is currently balancing work and school to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, is planning to take a fellow co-worker and classmate. They are currently looking at dates in the winter when they can both take time off work and school is out of session.

“It will be really nice to be off work and relax and not have to worry about it with some of the things we see and deal with every day,” Michael said. “Work was really generous to give us permission to take the time off. This is something we are both looking forward to.”

The Jamaican vacation is the first of two prizes in the 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway. KBC is once again offering its summer vehicle giveaway this year, providing all donors 18 and older who register between May 23 and Sept. 10 the chance to win a 2022 Toyota RAV4. KBC began giving away brand-new Toyota vehicles to boost summer blood donations in 2008. This marks the second straight summer the non-profit organization has given away two grand prizes.

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 has put a considerable strain on the already low blood supply. KBC is currently battling a critical blood shortage as transfusions have taken an uptick in July and donations have reached their normal summer slump.

Bill Reed, CEO of KBC, is calling on all donors to help KBC dig out of the two-year hole and help local patients.

“We are thrilled to announce Kelsey as the first of two winners for our 2022 Summer Getaway Giveaway,” Reed said. “It was special to find out that someone who literally saves young lives every day and has been with us since she was in college was our winner. We want to thank Kelsey for her persistence in helping others, and we hope it will inspire more donors to come out this summer and potentially win a new car.”

The Toyota RAV4 features a blizzard pearl white exterior with a Nutmeg SofTex interior. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, front-wheel drive car is equipped with a limited-grade advanced technology package, a limited-grade weather package and a panoramic glass roof.

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.

Kentucky Blood Center recently opened new donor centers in the Tri-County area (Corbin) and Frankfort. With eight donor centers in six cities and nearly 2,000 mobile drives a year, KBC is better equipped than ever to serve local patients in Kentucky, but donations are needed.

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 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 and Somerset.

KENTUCKY BLOOD CENTER