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Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is a community-based nonprofit organization providing life-saving blood products to Kentucky hospitals since 1968. We strive to ensure every hospital we serve has access to a safe and abundant blood supply. KBC is the largest FDA licensed nonprofit blood bank headquartered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and relies on volunteer blood donors to provide 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs.
Why Donate Blood?
Donating blood saves lives
Imagine the gratitude you would feel if someone saved your life, or the life of someone you love. Giving blood is an easy way to be a hero to families right here in Kentucky, in just a few minutes.
Your blood will be separated into blood components – red cells, platelets and plasma – each of which can help improve or save the life of a patient. We ensure that your donation is put to the best possible use, saving the lives of Kentucky patients.
The daily need for blood
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. To put that in perspective, by the time you’ve read this, 20 people will need a blood transfusion – people with families and friends just like you.
Even though red blood cells can be stored for 42 days, blood for hospitals is always in short supply. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. A premature newborn baby can need up to 4 pints of blood while in intensive care and coronary bypass surgery can use up to 5 pints.
This is why blood is in constant demand at Kentucky hospitals. We strive to ensure that every hospital we serve has a safe and abundant blood supply.
Blood cannot be created in a laboratory. It must come from human donors, one pint at a time.
Give blood today
Don’t wait until emergency strikes to decide to give. During a crisis, the blood already on the hospital shelves is the blood used. It’s the donors who gave a week or a month earlier that saves the patients in an emergency, and you never know when that emergency will happen.
You will save someone’s life tomorrow, next week or next month by donating today.
Our Service Area
Ready to Save Lives?
Donated blood components are vital to a wide range of treatments including cancer, trauma, sickle cell, organ transplant, surgeries and many more. More than half of all blood donations come from blood drives organized and hosted by volunteers at businesses, churches, schools and community centers. Blood drives can be indoors at host facilities with adequate space and amenities, or on specially-designed bloodmobiles. Community leaders who organize these drives perform a vital role in ensuring blood is available for Kentucky patients.
We are only able to save lives through the generous donation of blood from our donors.
Help save a life – make an appointment to donate today.
Giving blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.
Kentucky Blood Center relies solely on volunteer blood donors to supply nearly 70 hospitals throughout the Commonwealth. The current demand for blood is 400 units a day. In order to meet this demand, Kentucky Blood Center works with community leaders to establish blood drives in schools, churches and places of business in the area on a regular basis, and we have 5 permanent blood donation locations established in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, and Somerset. We also have mobile blood collection teams that travel throughout the Commonwealth daily.
Giving Blood is Simple
Once you’ve scheduled your donation and arrive, you will be asked a short series of screening questions to establish whether you qualify to give. Once this is completed, you will then be able to participate in saving someone’s life by giving blood – a process that only takes about 12 minutes.
There is no faster or easier way to know that you have participated in our community and directly saved a life than giving blood.
If you are in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo I.D. and are at least 17 years old, you could be a blood donor. If you’re 16 years old, you can donate with a signed parent permission slip.
If you have questions about whether you can donate because of your health history, foreign travel and/or medications, check out of Blood Donation FAQ page or call 859.276.2534 or toll free 800.775.2522 and ask to speak to a Donor Room Team Leader.
No amount of money can replace a simple blood donation. Blood cannot be created in a laboratory, and only donors like you can provide blood to patients who need it right now.
Call 800.775.2522 to schedule an appointment.