The Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) needs area residents to donate blood and help ensure an adequate blood supply.

The KBC bloodmobile will be at the Richmond Walmart located at 829 Eastern Bypass on Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Donors at this upcoming Kentucky Blood Center blood drive will receive limited-edition #SaveANeighbor Kentucky socks.

Blood products are often used to help cancer patients, trauma patients, women in childbirth and individuals with chronic illnesses like sickle cell anemia. Blood donors who regularly donate at local blood drives ensure that that blood is on the shelf to help these patients in times of need.

Blood donors must be 17-years-old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-olds can donate with a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.

To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522.

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