Blood Center asking for donations during Thanksgiving campaign

November 21, 2022 | 12:07 am

Updated November 20, 2022 | 8:25 pm

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Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center is asking for help through their Thanksgiving campaign, “Give Thanks by Sharing Your Good Health.”

Vicki Ellis, who serves as the director of communications, development and recruitment for WKRBC, said donations have been really low and officials are hoping that those who can donate over the holiday week will do so.

“Donations were down last week, but we don’t know whether to attribute that to flu or the colder weather,” Ellis said.

In an effort to receive more donations, and also thanking the community for their efforts, WKRBC is hosting a giveaway each day they are open this week. 

Donors who donate between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 will be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards for Target or Kroger.

On Nov. 22, donations are available between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., and donors’ names will be entered to win one of six $50 gift cards to a local boutique – Peacocks and Pearls, Bella Regazza, Julep, C Leigh C Salon, Shoe Stop, or The Glass Factory.

On Nov. 23, donors will be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards to an online retailer – Amazon, Bath and Body Works, Bass Pro Shops, or Best Buy . The center will be open between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for donations.

On Black Friday, WKRBC is asking people to give thanks by visiting between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A hot chocolate bar will be available, and the 2022 holiday donor T-shirt will be revealed.

Daviess County Public Schools is hosting its district blood drive on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and community outreach will be available on Friday with a bone marrow donor registry, sponsored by Apollo High School’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

Ellis said Friday’s events were put together by the JAG program as part of their outreach.

Air Evac Life Flight Community Outreach will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer any questions donors might have about the program.

“Nobody wants to think about that happening,” Ellis said of the service offered by Air Evac Life Flight. “But in addition to the six hospitals that use blood from the center, Hopkinsville, Critteden and Breckenride rely on it for their Air Evac Life Flights. It’s a natural thing for them to be there.”

A Humana Resources representative will also be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer any questions about the provided Medicare program.

Those interested in donating or being screened can call WKRBC at 270-684-9296 to make an appointment. All donations will be at the blood center located at 3015 Old Hartford Rd. 

November 21, 2022 | 12:07 am

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