Give Blood with Red Cross-Ensure Diverse Supply
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KENTUCKY - The American Red Cross needs people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a blood supply as diverse as the patients who depend on it. For a small percentage of the population, finding someone else with the same blood type can be difficult. While the vast majority of people have types A, B, O or AB blood, some blood types unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of a diverse patient population.
Patients who require frequent blood transfusions as part of their treatment, like those with sickle cell disease or other lifelong blood disorders, often need close blood type matches to prevent complications from their transfusion therapy. All blood types are needed to ensure that the right blood product is available at the right time for all patients. 

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Blood drives are also essential in helping ensure blood is available for patients this winter. To learn more and sign up to host a blood drive this fall or winter, visit

Important COVID-19 information is provided by the Red Cross for donors while testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may qualify to be convalescent plasma donors. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or the donor portal at 

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff, have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities September 16-30:

American Legion, 211 South 7th Mayfield, KY 42066
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Big Sandy Senior Citizen's Center, 224 2nd Ave. Big Sandy, TN 38221
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

CFSB Benton Banking Center, 221 West 5th St. Benton, KY 42025
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CFSB Mayfield, 100 Dick Castleman Bypass Mayfield, KY 42066
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fellowship Baptist Church, 890 Senior Ave. Vienna, IL 62995
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 210 South Washington St. Clinton, KY 42031
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Fredonia First Baptist Church, 208 Cassidy St. Fredonia, KY 42411
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Grand Rivers Fire Department, 271 West Mississippi Ave. Grand Rivers, KY 42045
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Hardin Baptist Church, 218 College St. Hardin, KY 42048
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall 1418, 106 Picnic Blvd. Fancy Farm, KY 42039
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lyon County Convention Center @ Lee S Jones Park, 172 Lee S Jones Park Eddyville, KY 42038
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Marshall County Hospital, 615 Old Symsonia Rd. Benton, KY 42025
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mt Pleasant Mennonite Church, 2345 Almus Rd. Wingo, KY 42088
2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 4817 Symsonia Hwy Benton, KY 42025
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

North Calloway Elementary, 2928 Brinn Rd. Murray, KY 42071
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr. Paducah , KY 42001
9/17/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
9/18/2020: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
9/19/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
9/20/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
9/21/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
9/22/2020: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
9/24/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Published 10:28 AM, Saturday Sep. 12, 2020
Updated 11:42 AM, Saturday Sep. 12, 2020



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