Kentucky Blood Center is looking for healthy individuals to donate blood to maintain an adequate blood supply for the 70+ Kentucky hospitals it serves as the coronavirus continues across the state and nation.

"Giving blood is a tangible way to take action in uncertain times," Martha Osborne, vice president of marketing for Kentucky Blood Center, said in a news release. "Cancer patients, accident and burn victims and other neighbors continue to need blood products. It is important that healthy individuals continue to donate blood as often as they can."

Donors can help boost the blood supply at an upcoming blood drive in Richmond. It's scheduled for May 28 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Richmond First Christian Church, 412 W. Main St. Enter at the double doors in the back lower level.

Blood donors must be at least 17 (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, found at kybloodcenter.org.

During this time of national crisis, appointments are required to help maintain social distancing. To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522. On the day of donation, donors should complete their health history questions on a tablet, computer or smartphone prior to coming to the blood drive by using QuickPass. This step will reduce the amount of time donors are present at the blood drive.

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