One employee of The Daily Independent approached the Kentucky Blood Center sign-in table at King’s Daughters Medical Center in hopes of donating blood only to find out the KBC was no longer accepting walk-ins.

Wow, what a wonderful sign!

In just six hours, KBC secured 76 units of blood, many of which came from scheduled appointments. It will hold another drive on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ashland Town Center Mall near the Belk Men’s store.

The generosity of the people in our community is amazing.

Giving blood is not easy. Many of those donors broke well out of their comfort zone in an effort to save lives. It pays off, undoubtedly, because the KBC reported that those 76 units could save up to 228 lives. The math lines up with the American Red Cross, which states one donation can potentially save up to three lives.

A unit is roughly equivalent to a pint. The average adult possesses between eight and 12 pints.

Thousands of blood drives have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are many still happening — and they’re desperately needed for the same reason.

If interested in finding opportunities to give blood or if you have questions about the process or just need more information, visit kybloodcenter.org or redcrossblood.org.

Any effort is appreciated, not to mention rewarding.

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