KBC Donors to Receive Gift Cards for Back-to-School Needs July 21, 2016

KBC Will Give All Donors a $10 Gift Card

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky kids are getting ready to head back to school, and Kentucky Blood Center wants to help those parents with their back-to-school-shopping needs.

“We know the end of summer vacation is a busy time for parents and students, and it can be an expensive time, too, shopping for new clothes, new shoes and those long lists of school supplies,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC).

“It’s also a difficult time for blood centers for the same reasons – people are busy with end of the summer activities or with school preparation and blood donations can slow down. That’s why KBC is offering parents the chance to help the community blood supply while also taking a bite out of those back-to-school expenses,” said Osborne.

Anyone who registers to donate blood July 23-29 at any Kentucky Blood Center donor center or mobile blood drive will receive a $10 gift card, perfect for those pens and pencils or bottles of hand sanitizer.

In addition, anyone who registers to donate will also be automatically entered to win a Toyota Tacoma 4X4. The Toyota giveaway runs June 1-Aug. 31. For more information about the truck giveaway, visit kybloodcenter.org.

To make an appointment to give at a donor center (listed below) or mobile blood drive, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522. Walk-ins are always welcome.


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.

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.