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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...

Save a Life, Win a Truck: Summer donors needed to pump up community blood supply

Donors can save a life this summer, and win a 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 this fall when they donate blood with Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) June 1 through Aug. 31 during the Drive Kentucky summer promotion. Those 18 years of age and older, who register to give blood during the summer months will be automatically entered to win. Besides being eligible to win the Tacoma, summer donors also ensure a strong...