Farm Bureau-OSU Alumni blood drive is Nov. 29

Staff report

SIDNEY – The Shelby County OSU Alumni Club is joining forces with the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee to sponsor a blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 217, 1265 N. Fourth St., Sidney. Community Blood Center is thanking donors with the “Buckeye Strong Blood Donor” ceramic coffee tumbler, free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 800-388-GIVE.

The blood drive will feature an Ohio State Buckeye theme with drawings throughout the day for special OSU door prizes provided by the Alumni Association. The hours of the traditional Farm Bureau Women’s Committee blood drive have been extended to 7 p.m. to accommodate all Buckeye fans who would like to donate.

November is when college football championships are made and CBC is celebrating with the “Buckeye Strong Blood Donor” ceramic tumbler with removable silicone grip. It’s free to anyone who registers to donate through Saturday, Dec. 3 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The holiday period can be a challenging time for maintaining the area blood supply. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Community Blood Center is now testing blood donations for the Zika virus in compliance with recommendations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to protect the blood supply.

In August the FDA recommended universal testing of all donated whole blood and blood components for the Zika virus in the U.S. and its territories. Ohio and Indiana are among the states that were scheduled to begin testing by Nov. 18, 2016 or sooner. CBC began testing Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

Beginning Nov. 14, 2016 CBC is no longer deferring donors for travel to Zika endemic areas.

The new Zika testing system is investigational and all donations submitted for testing are part of a research study. By consenting to give blood donors are agreeing to participate in the research study. The results from the study will help develop better testing systems to protect the blood supply.

CBC reminds donors that non-Zika related travel restrictions still apply. They can impact the available blood supply by limiting the number of people able to donate. CBC encourages eligible donors to schedule appointments and donate when able.

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