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Polar vortex hits blood supply: blood donors needed this week

The polar vortex hit the blood supply this week, just like it did the rest of the country.
The frigid winter weather caused blood drives to be cancelled and low donor turn outs which are negatively impacting the blood supply for central and eastern Kentucky, said Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) officials.
“In the past two days we’ve had 54 generous Kentuckians donate blood, but we transfused nearly 400 units. We need blood donors to come in now to replenish the blood supply so we’ll be prepared for the next winter storm or emergency,” said Bill Reed, KBC President and CEO.
KBC crews spent much of the day yesterday assuring that the KBC bloodmobiles are able to run in the freezing temperatures.
This week anyone who registers to donate blood will be eligible to win a $200 VISA gift card.
To find a donation location or to schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.

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