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Appeal issued for blood donations

Kentucky Blood Center officials today said a blood shortage has become critical. Transfusions at hospitals have not slowed, while donations have fallen because of bad winter weather.

“We're not restocking the shelves as fast as we need,” said Bill Reed, KBC President & CEO. “The blood donor center is open, regardless of the weather. We encourage those who are able to come to donate blood immediately.”

Reed said the blood center's red blood cell supply is down by 650 units – at least two day's worth of donations. Only 112 units were donated on Monday in the 62 counties served by the blood center, while more than 200 units of blood were transfused at the hospitals it serves.

More information is available at www.kybloodcenter.org. Appointments can be made online or by calling 800-775-2522. Walk-in donors are welcome.

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