WKRBC hosting blood drive; facing critical shortage of all blood types

June 15, 2021 | 12:08 am

Updated June 15, 2021 | 9:05 am

Blood Drive

The “Save Our Summer Blood Drive” is back, with the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center partnering with a handful of Owensboro organizations to host the three-day event encouraging as many people as possible to donate due to a critical blood shortage.

Officials said they hope to bring in at least 300 donors of all blood types. Donors will also be entered to win various door prizes.

Blood donations can be made at WKRBC (3015 Old Hartford Road) today through Thursday. For questions, call 270-684-9296.

Organizations helping recruit donors this year include the Daviess County’s Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department, Owensboro’s Police and Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Atmos Energy, Kenergy, Independence Bank, South Central Bank, Owensboro Municipal Utilities, and Chamber Young Professionals.

According to WKRBC, each year more than 16,000 pints of blood are needed to meet the demands of local hospitals. The Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center meets that demand by collaborating with area business, schools, churches, and civic organizations.

WKRBC has served Western Kentucky since 1978 and is the sole supplier of blood and blood products used at six Western Kentucky Hospitals — including Owensboro Health Regional Hospital — and three air ambulances.

WKRBC serves Christian, Daviess, Ohio, Breckinridge, Crittenden, Caldwell, Hopkins, McLean, Trigg, and Hancock counties.

June 15, 2021 | 12:08 am

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