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Give blood - the need doesn't take a vacation

Note: There's another blood donation opportunity on Tuesday, July 9:
Community Blood Drive on Tuesday at TJ Health Columbia

By Eric Lindsey

As fun as summer is, it's a tough time on the blood supply. Donors can ensure it's a safe and enjoyable season for everyone by donating blood at this upcoming Kentucky Blood Center drive. The next local opportunity is:

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 from 10:30am-3pmCT
Columbia Church of Christ Fellowship Hall

501 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY

Between warm-weather activities, family vacations and no school, donations typically dwindle during the summer months, but the need for blood doesn't take a vacation. Summer activities often lead to an increase in accidents and traumas and a spike in transfusions.

All donors at this KBC drive will receive a limited-edition "Donor Vibes" T-shirt (while supplies last) as a thank you for boosting the summer blood supply.

Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a donation, visit or call 800.775.2522. Please note: Online appointments and reminders (emails and texts) are shown and made in EST. For example, if you make an appointment online for 2 p.m., please arrive at the blood drive at 1 p.m.

Blood collected at this drive will save the lives of patients in Kentucky who require products for surgeries, diseases like cancer, traumas, organ transplants, premature births and more.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at

Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a donation, visit or call 800.775.2522.

About Kentucky Blood Center:
KBC, the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky, has been saving local lives since 1968. Licensed by the FDA, KBC's sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Pikeville, Somerset and the Tri-County area (Corbin).

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