LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentuckians have showcased their resiliency over the weekend as citizens statewide rallied in support for those affected by the devastating tornado.

Even with a dangerously low supply of blood due to the pandemic, Kentucky Blood Center responded quickly to help.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve had a less than ideal supply of blood, so it highlights the fact of how important it is to have blood on the shelves when a tragedy strikes,” said Mandy Brajuha, Vice President of External Relations for the Kentucky Blood Center.

Kentucky Blood Center transferred blood to Vanderbilt Hospital and both hospitals in Paducah. The facility says the need for blood in western Kentucky has been met, now it’s trying to replenish its local blood supply.

“We need to make sure there is a healthy blood supply for Kentucky’s hospitals,” said Brajuha.

Kentucky Blood Center said it saw twice the number of appointments yesterday than any other Monday. It’s positive it can restock its shelves in time for the holidays, which is typically a very hard time for the facility to keep blood on the shelves.

Blood has a shelf life of 42 days. Kentucky Blood Center needs to make sure people are donating in the next couple of weeks to ensure there is a healthy blood supply through the holiday season.

For those who are nervous, Brajuha said, “it’s just a little prick.”

The entire process takes about 40 minutes, there are snacks and juice, and the center says your donation can save three lives.