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Blood donors needed

Kentucky Blood Center is looking for healthy individuals to donate blood to maintain an adequate blood supply for the more than 70 Kentucky hospitals it serves.

“Giving blood is a tangible way to take action in uncertain times,” said Martha Osborne, vice president of marketing for Kentucky Blood Center. “Cancer patients, accident and burn victims and other neighbors continue to need blood products. It is important that healthy individuals continue to donate blood as often as they can.”

Donors can help boost the blood supply at two upcoming blood drives in Winchester. The first will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Central Baptist Church, 101 W. Lexington Ave. The other will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the training room at Clark Regional Medical Center, 175 Hospital Drive.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo ID and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip found at kybloodcenter.org.

Appointments are needed to help maintain social distancing. To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522. On the day of donation, donors should complete their health history questions on a tablet, computer or smartphone prior to coming to the blood drive by using QuickPass. This step will reduce the amount of time donors are present at the blood drive.