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Blood Drives in Southern Kentucky Aimed at Alleviating Summer Supply Shortages

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The American Red Cross chapter serving southern and western Kentucky is trying to avoid an emergency shortage of certain blood types.

The Red Cross Tennessee Valley region is running extremely low on donations of O-negative, B-negative, and A-negative blood types.

Spokeswoman Lindsay English says the regional chapter has received about 1,400 fewer donations in June and July compared to the previous ten months.

“This time of year is always really challenging for blood collection, just because of people being so busy, and having different schedules and vacation plans. And now people are thinking about back to school.”

The Red Cross is also seeking donations of type AB blood, which can be given to patients of all blood types. The group is also putting out the call for donors of platelets, a key clotting component in blood used to help cancer patients, surgical patients, adn blood marrow recipients.

Here are some blood donation events being held in southern Kentucky:


8/7/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Friendship Baptist Church, 5030 Friendship Road

Bowling Green

8/5/2015: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Hillvue Heights Church, 3219 Nashville Road

8/7/2015: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace

8/8/2015: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace

8/11/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Graves Gilbert Medical Clinic, 201 Park St.

8/11/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Bank and Trust, 1302 Scottsville Road

8/12/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossland Community Church, 600 US 31W Bypass, Suite 18 D

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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