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Kentucky Blood Center returns to UK April 1–5

Donors will receive a T-shirt, Starbucks gift card, coupons from Texas Roadhouse and Insomnia Cookies.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2024) — University of Kentucky students, staff and faculty and the local community will have a final opportunity to donate blood on campus for the 2023-24 school year April 1-5.

Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will collect blood that directly benefits patients at local hospitals, including UK HealthCare, at the following locations:

  • Gatton Student Center
    10 a.m.-5 p.m Monday through Friday, April 1-5
  • William T. Young Library
    4-8 p.m. Monday, April 1
  • Lewis Honors College
    10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 4-5

Whole blood donations take less than an hour from registration to refreshment and can save up to three local lives. As the exclusive provider of blood to UK HealthCare, approximately 40% of all blood products collected by KBC benefit UK HealthCare patients for a wide range of treatments, including cancer, trauma, sickle cell, organ transplant, surgeries and much more.

As a thank you for their time, campus donors will receive the following (while supplies last):

  • T-shirt
  • $5 Starbucks gift card
  • Texas Roadhouse free appetizer coupon (with purchase of entrée)
  • Insomnia Cookies “buy one, get one free” coupon

Donors can schedule an appointment at or call 800-775-2522.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (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, which can be found at

About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky, has been saving local lives since 1968. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Pikeville, Somerset and the Tri-County area (Corbin).

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.