WKYT is joining forces with Kentucky Blood Center for the 2017 WKYT Blood Drive from noon to 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the WKYT Studio at 2851 Winchester Road.
“We appreciate WKYT supporting our mission and sponsoring a fun blood drive at their studio. We hope lots of their viewers will come out and roll up their sleeves to save a life,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing at Kentucky Blood Center.
“Besides saving lives, donors will also receive a $10 Amazon card and be entered to win a Toyota Highlander, which is our big summer giveaway. Everyone who registers to donate through Sept. 8 will be entered to win the car.”
No appointments are necessary, and all blood types are needed and welcome.
“If you’ve never donated, we invite you to come out and give it a try at the WKYT Blood Drive,” said Osborne, who added that the drive is timed perfectly to help replenish the blood supply after the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Donating blood saves lives
Imagine the gratitude you would feel if someone saved your life or the life of someone you love. Giving blood is an easy way to be a hero to families right here in Kentucky, in just a few minutes.
Your blood will be separated into blood components – red cells, platelets, and plasma – each of which can help improve or save the life of a patient. We ensure that your donation is put to the best possible use, saving the lives of Kentucky patients.
The daily need for blood
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. To put that in perspective, by the time you’ve read this, 20 people will need a blood transfusion – people with families and friends just like you.
Even though red blood cells can be stored for 42 days, blood for hospitals is frequently in short supply. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. A premature newborn baby can need up to 4 pints of blood while in intensive care and coronary bypass surgery can use up to 5 pints.
This is why blood is in constant demand at Kentucky hospitals. Our sole purpose is to ensure that the more than 70 Kentucky hospitals we serve have a safe and abundant blood supply.
Blood cannot be created in a laboratory. It must come from human donors, one pint at a time.
Give blood today
Don’t wait until an emergency strikes to decide to give. During a crisis, the blood already on the hospital shelves is the blood used. It’s the donors who gave a week or a month earlier that saves the patients in an emergency, and you never know when that emergency will happen.
You will save someone’s life tomorrow, next week or next month by donating today.
For additional information go to: http://kybloodcenter.org/event/wkyt-blood-drive/