madisonvillefire2 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/2/18) — The Madisonville Fire Department will host a quarterly blood drive 9-11 a.m. Jan. 9-11 at Station 1 downtown.

In conjunction with Baptist Health Madisonville, the fire department will accept blood donations from the general public, city officials announced. BHM is the only hospital in the Baptist Health system to have its own blood bank. The donor program was established 1961 with the mobile program following in 1986. The mission has been to provide patients with a safe and adequate blood supply.

“In the Madisonville area, more than 3,000 donors are needed each year to meet the current demand of 350-450 pints of blood each month,” said BHM spokeswoman Kristy Quinn. “Each donor has the potential to save as many as three lives with their donation. By donating to your local blood bank, you are ensuring that the blood supply will be there to meet the needs of your family, friends and neighbors right here at home.”

Quinn indicated the holidays coupled with lack of donors due to vacations and inclement weather results in depletion of blood supply.

Blood drives are an important way that we can make giving convenient for a large group of people that have the desire to give,” Quinn said.

Fire Department Chief Ray Wyatt encourages individuals to get out and donate.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to be a hero," Wyatt said. "By donating blood, we all help save lives."

Assistant Chief Jeff Baldwin said, “We have several personnel who donate regularly when we host blood drives at Station 1. To further support the blood bank, we would like to invite anyone who is willing and able to donate blood to come by next week during the blood drive at Station 1.”

Mayor David Jackson noted blood donations should never be underestimated due to life-saving measures.

 

“We encourage folks, that if they are willing, to give and to know that their contributions are deeply appreciated,” the mayor said.

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