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Kentucky Blood Center makes appeal for donations to maintain supply during critical summer months

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service With the busy July 4 holiday week over, emergency officials are hoping Kentuckians have some time to help save lives in their community. The Kentucky Blood Center serves 90 counties and provides blood to over 70 hospitals. However, the center’s vice president of marketing, Martha Osborne, says maintaining an adequate supply during the summer months is challenging. One...

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...

Kentucky Blood Center seeking donations this week to support storm-ravaged Texas residents

Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will be providing blood components to storm-ravaged Texas and is asking Kentucky blood donors to come in this week to support Kentucky and Texas patients who need transfusions. With the catastrophic flooding, Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston has suspended operations. Community blood centers, like KBC, are stepping up to help. While the torrential rains and destruction...

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...

DOCJT Basic Training Academy recruits donate blood during community service project

In one of the largest academy-wide community service projects at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, 99 Basic Training Academy recruits from law enforcement agencies across the state have come together to give back in a unique way to the communities they soon will serve. For the first time in DOCJT history, nearly 100 recruits volunteered to donate blood during a two-day drive at DOCJT’s...

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 –...

Kentucky Blood Center partnering with PODS Lexington on Summer Lifesaver promotion

PODS Lexington is joining with the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) this June for the “Be a Summer Lifesaver” promotion and will help kick off the annual summer blood drive on Friday, June 9 at the Beaumont Blood Center at 3121 Beaumont Center Circle. Starting June 1, Kentuckians (18 and older), who register to donate blood with Kentucky Blood Center will be automatically entered to win a brand new...

Kentucky Blood Center donors can win a new Highlander through Summer Lifesaver promotion

The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Accidents, surgeries, cancer therapies and disease treatments continue year round. Unfortunately, vacations and more relaxed summer schedules can often lead to a dip in blood donations, which can impact the Kentucky blood supply. To help prevent summer blood shortages, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) kicked off the Summer Lifesaver promotion on June 1. “Because...

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...

Lingering flu season leaves Kentucky Blood Center feeling the effects of lower than expected supply

Even though spring is here, the flu season is still hanging around, and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is feeling the effects. A number of blood drives have been cancelled because host sites – such as high schools and factories – have had too many sick students or employees to hold the drives. Donations in February and March are down 600 compared to the same time last year. KBC is asking eligible...

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...

Big Blue Slam: Wildcat fans take on Florida counterparts in annual blood donation battle

Kentucky fans can show the Florida Gators who are the best off the court by donating Jan. 23-27 during Big Blue Slam, the annual blood battle between Kentucky and Florida. The friendly competition between Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Gainesville pits fans of the Cats and the Gators to see who can donate the most blood the last week in January. Kentucky and...

Central Kentucky blood donors will receive gift cards for back-to-school supplies in July

Kentucky kids are getting ready to head back to school, and Kentucky Blood Center wants to help those parents with their back-to-school-shopping needs. “We know the end of summer vacation is a busy time for parents and students, and it can be an expensive time, too, shopping for new clothes, new shoes and those long lists of school supplies,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing...