As 33rd Annual Big Blue Crush Blood Drive continues, donors are showing they really bleed blue

With 494 Kentucky Blood Center donors rolling up their sleeves to show they bleed blue Tuesday, Kentucky took the lead over Tennessee fans who donated 384 units with Medic Regional Blood Center. The score after two days of competition is 884 for KBC and 805 for Medic.

“Cats fans really showed up today to crush the Vols,” said Mandy Brajuha, Vice President of External Relations for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “There are three more days to help relieve the current blood shortage and build the holiday supply. As we move through the week, remember that blood donation is considered essential and safe.”

KBC and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville annually compete to see whose donors can give the most blood the week prior to Thanksgiving. Kentucky leads the rivalry 18 to 13 with one tie.

As a thank you for saving lives, Big Blue Crush donors receive a long-sleeved Crush T-shirt and are entered to win a 65” Samsung Crystal UHD television. All donations are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies through the end of 2020 as well.

KBC urges Kentucky fans to help maintain the lead by visiting any KBC donor center (open 9 am – 6 pm for Crush) or by donating at a mobile blood drive through Friday. A complete list of drive locations and hours is available at


Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Lexington

Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington

Hillview Donor Center
5406 Antle Drive, Louisville

Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Road, Louisville

Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail, Pikeville

Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A), Somerset


Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well and healthy, 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

COVID-19 Information: Blood donation is safe and essential. Appointments are preferred to ensure social distancing. Walk-ins are accepted as space and social distancing permit. Face coverings are required. Donors awaiting results of a COVID-19 test should not attempt to donate.

To schedule a donation or find other donation locations, visit or call 800.775.2522.