Kentucky Blood Center to aid in hurricane relief efforts

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After Hurricane Florence makes landfall and the rescue and relief phases begin, officials say it’s important to have a stable blood supply. As Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas, the Kentucky Blood Center is acting as a hub, stockpiling blood from all over the country until its needed.

The reason Kentucky was picked to serve is because of its location.

"Far enough away that we're not going to be affected by this storm, and we should be able to get the blood relatively easily to the Carolinas,” said Kentucky Blood Center Vice President of Marketing Martha Osborne. “We have pledged to do what we can. The only way we're going to be able to help is if we have plenty of blood when they need it."

The blood bank sent its first donation out of state today, and people were at the center happy and ready to help. Organizers say that because it can take 24 to 28 to process blood, they need donors as soon as possible.

"I'm not going to miss it, it's a good thing to help others out and if this can do something good for somebody else, I'm happy for that,” said donor Jina Beanland.

Organizers say that while all blood types are needed, O- is in the highest demand. You can find out if you’re eligible to donate blood by visiting the blood center’s website.

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