Winter weather has caused the loss of several hundred blood donations this week with more blood drive cancellations expected.
“We’ve already lost 19 blood drives this month – four of them today – and the community’s blood supply has dropped dramatically. With little improvement in the forecast during the next few days, we will lose more,” said Bill Reed, President and CEO of Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “We’re asking people to donate soon to help bring the supply back up.”
KBC is scheduled to start the annual Big Blue Slam competition (Kentucky versus Florida) on Monday. “Although it’s fun to win, it’s more important now to pump up the blood supply, and we don’t want donors to wait until next week,” said Reed. Donors who come in beginning tomorrow will receive a Big Blue Slam T-shirt and a chance to win an SEC Tournament package.
KBC Donor Centers are operating on regular schedule, and appointments are not necessary. The current blood drive schedule is available at kybloodcenter.org.
KBC Donor Centers
Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle
Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Drive in the Andover Shoppes
Somerset Donor Center
Off Highway 27 at stoplight 16A
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail
For more information, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.
Blood donors must be 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.