The Blood Bank of Alaska is urging Alaskans to donate blood. There is not a Blood Bank Center on the Kenai Peninsula, however, a mobile team will be visiting the central peninsula this week.
Blood donors with O-negative blood are especially needed at this time, a Monday press release from the Blood Bank of Alaska said.
Residents on the Kenai Peninsula can visit the mobile blood bank unit on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, residents can schedule an appointment from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Central Peninsula Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna.
On Thursday, appointments can be scheduled between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marathon Alaska Refinery, 54741 Tesoro Road, Nikiski. On Friday, appointments can be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus Housing, near Soldotna. Interested residents can schedule appointments by calling 907-222-5630 or visiting www.bloodbankofalaska.org.
The release said the blood bank centers and the mobile unit practice “safe and sanitary standards.” More than 15,000 Alaskans donate blood each year, the release said.