Pikeville Donor Center to Host Chamber's October 'Autumn After Hours' Dedicate New Bus Oct. 12, 2009

USDA to Be Recognized for Donation of Community's New Bloodmobile Bus

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – On Thursday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Kentucky Blood Center’s Pikeville Donor Center will host the Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s After Hours. During this event, attendees will be offered the opportunity to tour the new donor center, network, receive door prizes and enjoy refreshments.

In addition, KBC will recognize the United States Department of Agriculture for generously donating a new bloodmobile bus for community blood collections. Area Director Jimmy Hall, Area Specialist Ronnie Brooks and Acting State Director Vernon Brown will representative the local offices of the USDA that evening.

“The USDA has been a significant partner of Kentucky Blood Center, in Pikeville and throughout this region,” said KBC President and CEO William S. Reed. “We are very fortunate to have their continued support.”

Donors must be a minimum of 16 years old (with parental permission), weigh 110 pounds and be in general good health. To make an appointment to donate blood or find the closest blood drive to you, logon to www.kybloodcenter.org or call (800) 775-2522.

About Kentucky Blood Center

The Kentucky Blood Center, serving more than half of Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics. 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 and blood products.