The Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center has teamed up with several Owensboro organizations to host Save Our Summer Blood Drive and you're encouraged to donate.

WHO THE WKRBC SERVES

The WKRBC has been serving this part of Kentucky since 1978.  Many people don't realize they not only serve Owensboro but a total of seven counties in the region (Christian, Daviess, Ohio, Breckinridge, Crittenden, Caldwell, Hopkins, McLean, Trigg, and Hancock) and these hospitals;

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HOW MUCH BLOOD IS NEEDED

In a year's time, almost 20,000 pints of blood are needed to cover this region.  The blood center collaborates with local businesses and organizations to help them gather this blood for willing and able individuals.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE WKRBC

According to the WKRBC website here are the following services provided through grants, fundraising, and your support:

  • Educational programs and health fair displays
  • Speakers for civic organizations and professional groups.
  • A state-of-the-art laboratory for testing and component preparation
  • A five-bed bloodmobile
  • The ability to hold internal blood drives at your facility or organization
  • Our main center at 3015 Old Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY and a sub-center located at 1902 South Virginia Street, Hopkinsville, KY

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN S.O.S.

S.O.S. stands for Save our summer.  Folks in the community will have the opportunity to donate in the name of a particular organization that has been enlisted as a part of S.O.S.  This year the hosts are the Daviess County Fire Department, Daviess County Sheriff's Department, and the Chamber of Young Professionals.

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DONATING BLOOD

Angel here and I have been donating blood for years.  It only takes about 30 minutes to donate and you can save so many lives with your donation.  I always joke that the snacks are amazing but the lasting impact you leave is even better.  During S.O.S. you do not have to make an appointment you will be seen on a first come first serve basis.  Start a new tradition at work or with friends and donate together.  Make sure you are fully hydrated with water and it will make your visit much easier.

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