Combatting 'critical shortage': Kentucky Blood Center offers $15 Walmart gift cards to donors this week

Posted at 10:50 AM, Oct 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-20 10:02:43-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky Blood Center is offering $15 Walmart gift cards to those who donate blood this week to combat what they refer to as a critical shortage.

KBC has seen a significant increase in blood usage at hospitals across the states. With fewer mobile blood drives available, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, authorities say this has led to the shortage.

The blood center has a critical need for all blood types and is encouraging donors to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible.

Appointments are preferred and can be made here or by calling (800) 775-2522.

All six KBC donor centers are open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m at the following locations:

  • Andover Donor Center
    3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Lexington
  • Beaumont Donor Center
    3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington
  • Hillview Donor Center
    5406 Antle Drive, Louisville
  • Middletown Donor Center
    12905 Shelbyville Road, Louisville
  • Pikeville Donor Center
    472 S. Mayo Trail, Pikeville
  • Somerset Donor Center
    10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A), Somerset

Mobile blood drive locations can also be found on the website. There is no wait time to donate after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Kentucky Blood Center provides blood to 70+ Kentucky hospitals across the state.