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University of Kentucky wins Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with University of Tennessee

University of Kentucky fans can claim a life-saving victory, having prevailed in the 32nd annual Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with an impressive 651 donations to the University of Tennessee’s 416. Kentucky supporters’ final score of 2,894 donations for the Kentucky Blood Center outpaced Tennessee’s 1,999 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. The winning total for Kentucky was the...

Blood donors can further help those in need by giving value of donor gift to Salvation Army

Blood donors can extend their giving this holiday season by donating blood and then opting to give the value of their donor thank-you item to The Salvation Army. Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donors generously save lives throughout the year, and now through Dec. 31 they can also help the less fortunate in their communities. “It’s easy to help this holiday season,” said Martha Osborne, the blood...

Red Cross asking blood donors to help maintain supplies as severe weather, flu disrupt donations

Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need. In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting...

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 –...

Donors of all blood types needed to donate as Red Cross observes National Volunteer Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients. Nearly 2.8 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a...

Kentucky Blood Center issues urgent call
for negative blood types, especially O negative

Kentucky Blood Center has issued an urgent need for donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood types.   Officials say these blood types are being distributed to Kentucky hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in to KBC.   “The need for blood is constant. While we are thankful to donors who have already donated this summer, Kentucky patients continue to need...