Think outside the gift box: Red Cross announces blood donation opportunities for Dec. 16-31

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December. Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without...

American Red Cross encouraging Kentuckians to donate blood before the busy holiday season

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients. More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to...

Donating blood in October another way to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others. Mary Alice Donofrio gave blood for the first time in memory of her mother who received several blood transfusions while being treated for breast cancer. “I had no idea what to expect, but the experience was very easy and quite rewarding. Ever since then, I...

UK’s Calipari spearheading Sunday telethon effort on WKYT for victims of Hurricane Harvey

John Calipari has announced plans for a telethon Sunday for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Kentucky basketball coach said he was working with WKYT in Lexington and the Red Cross on the project. It will air live from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on WKYT and UK/IMG affiliates. Sunday’s telethon will also stream live at WKYT.com. Kentucky coach John Calipari has organized a telethon Sunday for Hurricane Harvey...

Legends partner with WKYT, American Red Cross to assist Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Lexington Legends, WKYT and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Lexington Legends are giving back $1 for each ticket issued to Wednesday’s double header against the Augusta Greenjackets. Volunteers from the American Red Cross will also be at the game to collect money at the gates as fans enter Whitaker Bank Ballpark. In addition,...

American Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donations to overcome summer shortage

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated...

Critical Blood Shortage: American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs. At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals...

Need for blood donations at emergency levels as Red Cross experiences critical blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible. Blood and platelet donations are being sent to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. In fact, donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than what is needed. “The...

Three easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor for those in need

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids. Give –...

American Red Cross urges donors to ‘roll up a sleeve’ to ensure sufficient summer blood supply

Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment. Kenneth Reed gives blood in his son’s honor. When Trace was 8 days old, he underwent...

Lifesaver: American Red Cross encouraging blood donors to give during the month of April

Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation. Eligible...

Opportunities ahead to give blood as American Red Cross observes Blood Donation Month

All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass. With the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, donors can conveniently schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at...

Red Cross celebrates a century of serving Kentucky by hosting blood drive at Fair and Expo Center

March is Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is celebrating by commemorating 100 years of compassionate service to the residents of Kentucky. From disaster response, health and safety classes, to blood collection and support of military members and their families, the Red Cross has served the needs of the Kentucky region for a century. To help kick off the celebration, the Red Cross is hosting...

American Red Cross urges celebration of Red Cross Month by donating blood in March

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring...

Keven Moore on Insurance: As pool season kicks off, be aware of hazards, hidden dangers

Most pools open Memorial Day weekend. (Photo provided)   Pool season officially kicked off on Memorial Day, and many public, club and private swimming pool owners need to be reminded of the hazards and hidden dangers that are often overlooked this time of the year.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning....