LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Blood Center is urging eligible donors to give blood as soon as they can, after the severe winter weather has exhausted much of the existing supply.
Around 70 scheduled blood drives have been canceled so far this year due to the weather, resulting in a loss of an estimated 1,700 donations. In this time, the demand for blood has not changed. This week alone, Kentuckians in the KBC service area needed more than 500 transfusions, but supplied fewer than 100 donations.
“Now that the weather is improving, we urge the public to visit one of our blood drives or donor centers as soon as possible to bring the the blood supply back to normal levels so blood is readily available for patients when it’s needed,” says Martha Osborne, KBC’s Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.
You can find a donor center or blood drive by calling 1-800-775-2522 or visiting kybloodcenter.org. Donors must be at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, and be at least 17 years old, or 16 with a signed parental consent form available on their website. A photo I.D. will be required.
From now until March 21, KBC is hosting their “Kentucky Madness” event. Donors will receive a limited-edition t-shirt, and those 18 or older will be entered to win a 55” smart TV.
KBC is Kentucky’s largest FDA-regulated blood bank, supplying blood to nearly 70 hospitals across more than half of the state.