Blood Supplies At Dangerous Levels

Health officials say blood supplies across Eastern Kentucky are at dangerously low levels.

The Medic Regional Blood Center is holding several blood drives in Bell County this week. Medic has issued an emergency appeal for "O" positive and "A" positive blood types. Medic officials say the back up blood supplies for hospitals have dwindled in recent days.

"I would advise anyone to do this. It's really worth it. If it's your child, a brother or sister, to help anyone," said Angelia Saylor.

For more information on how to give blood in your area call your local hospital for more information.

There are blood drives in Bell County again on Thursday and Friday. If eligible donors dedicated themselves to giving blood every 56 days we would rarely, if ever, see a blood shortage," states Christi Stalans, MEDIC public relations. Please plan to donate today!

· March 19, Pineville Community Hospital, 850 Riverview Avenue, 10am - 6pm, Medic Mobile.
· March 22, Clear Creek Baptist Church, 300 Clear Creek Road, 9am - 3pm, Medic Mobile.
· March 23, Middlesboro Mall, 905 N. 12th Street, 10am - 6pm, Medic Mobile.

By donating blood, you are covered under MEDIC'S Family Blood Coverage Program. Family coverage means that a pint of blood donated to the MEDIC Regional Blood Center will ensure your family (IRS Dependents) does not have to pay blood supply processing fees at any hospital in the U.S.

All donors must be 17 years or older, weigh more than 110 lbs, and have positive identification. MEDIC's Donor Center is located at 1601 Ailor Avenue in Knoxville and open seven days a week for donor convenience. Please call 865-524-3074 or visit for more information.

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