Owensboro Health announced Wednesday a $100,000 donation to the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center (WKRBC) toward the purchase of a second bloodmobile.
According to Owensboro Health, the new bloodmobile will allow WKRBC to expand its mobile donation abilities and provide a safe, reliable way for individuals to donate blood.
Currently, about 55% of WKRBC blood donations are collected via blood drives held on the existing bloodmobile. A second vehicle will allow for the potential of 7,000 additional donors each year, and a one-time donation can save as many as three lives.
In total, WKRCB's new bloodmobile will cost $368,389. In addition to Owensboro Health's donation, the cost will be covered by a grant from Impact 100, donations from Wal-Mart Giving, the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4168, and an additional $20,000 from raffles held by WKRBC.
Owensboro Health is the main recipient of the WKRBC blood supply, using more than 6,000 units of red blood cells, plasma, and platelets in 2020.