The need for blood and blood donors doesn’t slow down during the winter. Cancer treatments, premature births, car accidents, diseases and surgeries continue. Blood donations, however, frequently decrease due to school cancellations, weather-related travel issues and cold and flu season.

Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is inviting generous donors to help local patients, and as a thank you, donors will receive a fun KBC hoodie to keep them warm this winter.

Area residents are invited to be life savers at the upcoming KBC blood drive at Glenn Marshall Elementary on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on the KBC Bloodmobile, 1442 Robert R. Martin Bypass, Richmond.

To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Blood donors must be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in generally good health, show a photo ID and meet additional requirements.

Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.

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