Several people gave the gift of life at WYMT's annual summer blood drive.
For every one person who donates blood, three lives will be saved.
That information was very clear to the many folks who showed up to roll up their sleeves.
The thought of giving blood causes some people to be squeamish. But others owe their lives to those that donate.
“This may sound corny, but it's a matter of life and death. If people don't donate blood, there's going to be people whose outcomes wouldn't be as positive. It's up to those to take 45 minutes to an hour out of their day, roll up their sleeve and give back. It's really a matter of life and death,” Richard Davis said.
All the blood donated in Southeastern Kentucky stays in Southeastern Kentucky.
“We turn that blood around very quickly. We send it to Lexington, have it tested, and get it right back out to our local hospitals as fast as we possibly can,” Davis said.
Good news for friends and families of those who need fresh blood.
“I gave blood. I have a lot of friends that have cancer and I just wanted to help out and donate. My dad has always donated a lot, so he's instilled that to donate,” Katie Smith said.
Officials say every drop of blood makes a huge difference, since levels are critically low right now.
The Kentucky Blood Center's goal is to receive 400 blood donations each and every day, so it's that much more important for people in the area to consider giving.