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Blood drives scheduled for Clark County

Kentucky Blood Center wants to infuse donors’ summer with a little cash, so the nonprofit is giving away two $500 gift cards each week for a total of $16,000 awarded through Sept. 18.

All donors who register to donate at a KBC donor center or mobile blood drive each week will be entered to win one of two $500 gift cards. The promotion starts May 30. Donors will be entered into the week’s drawing each time they give during the summer.

Donors can help boost the blood supply and get entered to win at two upcoming local blood drives:

— From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 1859 Bypass Road

— From 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Central Baptist Church Fellowship Hall , 101 W. Lexington Ave.

Blood donors must be at least 17, 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.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, KBC is requiring appointments for all donor centers and mobile drives to ensure social distancing. To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522.

On the day of donation, donors can complete their health history questions on a tablet, computer or smartphone prior to coming to the blood drive by using QuickPass.

“The summer months are always tough on the blood supply, and given the current state of the economy, we know our donors are experiencing difficult times as well,” said Mandy Brajuha, director of marketing for Kentucky Blood Center. “In an effort to help our loyal donors ‘rebound’ this summer, we’re encouraging blood donation to help Kentucky patients and providing a little economic stimulus to 32 lucky winners.”