Blood Drive On Wednesday, July 13
There will be a blood drive on Wednesday, July 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lions Park Community Center (133 Factory Street).
Donors can help shore up the low blood supply with Kentucky Blood Center this summer and earn a chance to win a free SUV. Donors who donate in July and August will also receive a “Giving is Good” T-shirt.
During the “Summer Getaway Giveaway,” the Kentucky Blood Center is offering donors 18 and older the opportunity to win a 2022 Toyota RAV4. Registered donors will be entered for the grand prize with each donation at any mobile drive or donor center between now and Sept. 10.
The Kentucky Blood Center needs eligible donors to step up now more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on donations over the last two years, but the demand for blood from the 70-plus hospitals the Kentucky Blood Center serves in Kentucky never slowed down. Ranging from anything from cancer treatments to premature births, surgeries, car accidents and more, one in four people will need a transfusion in their life.
Adding strain to the already low blood supply, summer is traditionally a slow time of the year for donations because schools are closed and families travel for vacation.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.
Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 1-800-775-2522.