Help Japan by Giving at Home Blood Donors Can Support Japanese Relief Efforts

Blood Donors Can Support Japanese Relief Efforts

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Blood donors in Kentucky can help save a life at home and also touch a life in Japan this week.

Kentucky Blood Center is teaming up with the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross to support the relief efforts for the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Both organizations are currently in Japan providing aid.

March 15-20, donors can opt to forgo their blood donor T-shirt, and KBC will donate the value of the shirt to the Salvation Army and American Red Cross.

At this time, Japan has not requested blood products from the U.S. If that situation should change, though, KBC, a member of the American Association of Blood Banks, stands ready to assist.

Donors can find donation locations and hours of operation by visiting

About Kentucky Blood Center

Kentucky Blood Center, the largest FDA licensed blood bank headquartered in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to collect 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components. Visit Kentucky Blood Center at or become a friend on Facebook at