Blood shortage: WYMT and Kentucky Blood Center team up for donation drive

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 5:08 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - WYMT and the Kentucky Blood Center hosted a drive on Friday, July 23 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. outside the WYMT Station.

The KBC Bloodmobile serviced 15 donations.

All donors were entered to win a 2021 AWD Toyota Camry and some received a limited-edition KBC ballcap while supplies last.

Officials at KBC say that they are experiencing historic lows in blood stores and that hospitals in Eastern Kentucky are in need of donations.

“There is nothing like seeing people come together for the cause,” said KBC Team Supervisor, Steven Charles.

That cause is to support Kentucky hospitals and the people who need them.

“It’s important to get the blood out there because you never know when some disaster may strike,” Charles added.

KBC leaders say that all of the blood donated in the region will go to hospitals in the region. For Charles, that demonstrates how you really might be helping a loved one when you donate.

According to KBC officials, there is a nationwide blood shortage. Stockpiles have fallen short after many community drives were canceled during the pandemic. But, KBC officials believe they can replenish the stores in Kentucky at donation events over the next few months.

KBC reminds people that you should not attempt to donate blood if you have recently been tested for COVID-19 and have not received results. But, they say that people who have been blocked from donating in the past, for any reason, should try again because the criteria for donations can change.

All of the requirements for donating can be found on the KBC website.

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