The Big Blue Nation of Lifesavers is urged to come out and finish the week strong, not only to help defeat Florida but to also boost the community blood supply.
“Recent winter weather and the flu season have taken a toll on the blood supply and right now inventory levels of all blood types are very low. That’s why it’s more important than ever for healthy individuals to make the effort to donate this week,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.
Big Blue Slam donors will receive a Slam T-shirt and a chance to win an entertainment package – 60” Smart TV with Wi-Fi, 3D Blue-ray entertainment center and PlayStation 3.
Kentucky won the blood battle last year and leads the rivalry 3 to 1.
Donors can give at the following four Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) Donor Centers, which will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Slam, or at any area blood drive:
Beaumont Donor Center Andover Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle 3130 Maple Leaf Drive in the Andover Shoppes
Pikeville Donor Center Somerset Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail 120 S. Highway 27
To find a blood drive or schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.
Blood donors must be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old doors must also have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org. All donors must present a photo I.D.