Donate and Receive a KBC Hoodie Jan. 4, 2016

Warm Thank You for Blood Donors This Week

KBC hoodie.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Blood donors who give at a Kentucky Blood Center donor center or blood drive through Friday, Jan. 8 will receive a black hoodie as a warm thank for helping the post-holiday blood supply.

All blood types are needed in order to get the Kentucky blood supply back to the optimal level for Kentucky patients.

“Coming out of the holiday season which is a slower blood donation time and with several months of winter weather looming, it’s important to get the blood shelves stocked now. We think the black hoodies will be a fun item to receive and will come in handy right now,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.

Kentucky Blood Center’s five donor centers are listed below. Mobile blood drive locations can be found by visiting

To schedule a donation, visit or call 800.775.2522. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Blood donors must be 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 


About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, founded nearly 50 years ago, is the largest independent, full-service, non-profit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky hospitals.

Every two seconds someone needs blood. It could be a premature infant struggling for life, a firefighter suffering from burns, a neighbor undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, a truck driver injured in an auto accident or a young student with a congenital blood disorder. It’s for those patients and more that KBC exists.

All blood that is donated with KBC is returned to the Beaumont Donor Center where it is processed, prepared and stored for shipment to Kentucky hospitals.

Blood needs are ongoing. Red cells last only 42 days and must be continually replenished to adequately support Kentucky hospitals. Statistics show that one in seven hospital patients will require blood transfusions during their stay. However, only 37 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood and less than 10 percent does. All blood types are needed, and there is a particular need for type O negative blood since it is the “universal donor” and needed in emergencies when the patient’s blood type is unknown.

The blood already on the shelf is the blood used in an emergency. That’s why KBC is always encouraging people to donate blood.