Kentucky Blood Center Looking For Donors

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The amount of blood it takes to do live saving procedures is quickly lowering the region's blood supply, but you can help. Mobile blood centers across the state are making it easier for people to donate.

The blood supply in Eastern Kentucky is dangerously low.

"We're around 800 pints short as of today, give or take some. There was a surgery yesterday that took 120 some pints," said Mobile Team Leader Penny Tackett.

Some organ transplants can use more than 100 pints of blood which only increases the need. Mobile donation centers make donating blood easier for the community.

"We go to where the people are. They don't have to travel if they live far away, they don't have to go to the centers, we come where they are," Tackett said.

"70 percent of all the products that come into our blood center, comes back to the local community comes from mobile blood drives," said Bruce Maples, Donor Recruitment Manager.

The Kentucky Blood Center is based in Lexington but have additional centers in Pikeville, Prestonsburg, and Somerset.

"Kentucky Blood Centers services 67 hospitals in 62 counties in Kentucky so you're not only taking care of your family, you're taking care of your neighbor," Maples said.

For more information on how you can donate, you can log on to

Anyone donating blood in Prestonsburg or Pikeville between September 5th and the 7th will be entered in a drawing to win a 42 inch plasma screen television.

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