FAIRBURY, Neb. -- Giving blood is one of those random acts of kindness that can go a long way for someone you might not even know.

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank has been the sole provider of blood for Jefferson Community Health and Life since 2002.

After its bloodmobile stopped by Fairbury on Monday, it served as a reminder of the high demand for blood all around the state.

“It’s the blood on the shelf that saves lives and we need about a thousand units of blood a week. The need for blood is constant,” said Jami Kassebaum, Assistant Manager of Donor Recruitment. 

Lana Likens, Director of Public Relations at JCH&L, said you never know when somebody might need blood that you can donate.

“There is a lot of different reasons someone might need blood. Maybe they’ve been in a car accident," Likens said. “Any of the reasons why somebody might need blood here at Jefferson Community Health and Life, our blood products come from Nebraska Community Blood Bank."

Along with supplying blood to JCH&L, the blood bank is locally focused on helping those in other counties of Nebraska, including Seward, Polk and places in Lincoln and Omaha.

“Nearly 100% of what we collect stays right here in Nebraska,” said Kassebaum.

Blood is in high demand for those that have been affected by accidents, incidents or trauma, and Likens said that donations can create hope for those in need.

“You’ll notice that there are some things on that bus that say, ‘Give hope,’" Likens said. “When you’re giving a unit of blood, you are really giving hope. It could be to any number of people.  It could be to your neighbor. It could be to your family member. It could be to somebody that you don’t know.”

The next blood drive at JCH&L is Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kassebaum said you need to be feeling well, over the age of 17 and at least 110 pounds.

Those interested can go to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank website to see the criteria for giving blood.