Screening for COVID-19 Antibodies starts today, Summer Social happens tomorrow, and a Stanley Fire Department Community Blood Drive is happening this afternoon. The Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center is very busy and you can help give the gift of life by giving blood.

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COVID-19 Antibodies Screening

Screening for COVID-19 antibodies returns to the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center starting today, July 1st, 2021. It's a simple blood test that's administered to see if you've had a past infection with COVID-19, but it also helps in other ways. If you test positive for the antibodies in your blood, you could help our local hospitals' treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Stanley Fire Department Community Blood Drive

Also happening today is a Community Blood Drive at the Stanley Fire Department located at 7444 US-60 in Owensboro. The WKRBC Bloodmobile will be on hand accepting your blood donations. Stop by today from 4 PM until 8 PM to meet some local heroes and become a hero yourself by giving blood to save lives. The complete donation process only takes around 30 minutes.

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Summer Social - Free Chickens and Shirts

Chickens will be available after 11 o'clock for the first 100 people who donate blood on Friday, July 2nd, 2021. Donors will also receive a free t-shirt at the event. Give blood and eat some delicious BBQ chicken! What a great way to save lives and get yourself some lunch on a beautiful day at the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center.

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Make an Appointment

You can also make an appointment to give blood anytime by calling 270-684-9296. You can also book an appointment through their new iPhone app. Just search for "WKRBC" in the apps store. An appointment isn't required I should mention.

The need for blood is constant and you'll feel good inside knowing that your donation can save someone's life. We're so thankful for the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center and its hard-working volunteers.

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Become a Volunteer

Local volunteers are needed more than ever as well. As hurricane/wildfire season approaches, the American Red Cross needs our help. Become a disaster responder, travel the country, and help save lives.

Would you consider becoming a shelter volunteer or health services volunteer if the need arises? The Red Cross covers training, travel, meals, and lodging expenses for volunteers during deployment. To learn more about these positions and to sign up, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer or email kyvolunteerservices@redcross.org.

If you are interested, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer. Click create a profile and submit your volunteer application. Super easy and you'll be making a difference in so many lives.

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