Donate in memory of Chelsea Lukey


BOTKINS — Join the mission of strengthening the winter blood supply during January National and Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month by making a blood donation at the eighth annual Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive Monday, Jan. 2, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Palazzo, 309 S. Main St., Botkins.

Everyone who registers to donate during the heart of winter, Jan. 2 through Feb. 25, will receive the special edition “Give Blood, Give Love” long-sleeve, hoodie T-shirt

Make an appointment online at, call 937-461-3220, or use the new Donor Time app.

Botkins donor Susan Leugers first organized the blood drive in 2016 as a tribute to her daughter Chelsea, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in 2010 at the age of 22. Susan was willing to move the blood drive to early January to help replenish the holiday blood supply. It is now traditionally one of the first CBC blood drives of the New Year.

National Blood Donor Awareness Month was proclaimed in 1969 to thank donors and encourage more donations during the winter months when the holidays, severe weather and seasonal illness make it difficult to maintain a sufficient blood supply.

State Sen. Stephen Huffman, R-5th District, an emergency room physician and a life-long blood donor, introduced legislation in 2017 to designate January as Blood Donor Awareness Month in Ohio. It became law in February 2018 and was first celebrated in January 2019.

Save time when you donate by downloading the new Donor Time app. You can also use “DonorXPress” to complete the donor questionnaire before arriving at a blood drive. Find DonorXPress on the Donor Time App or at

Blood donation requirements: donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at or at the Dayton CBC and mobile blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more depending on your height), and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions can email [email protected] or call 937-461-3220. Make an appointment at

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to partner hospitals and health centers within its 15-county service area of western Ohio and eastern Indiana and to select hospitals and blood centers outside the region. For more information visit

Susan Leugers donating at the 2022 Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive. Leugers donating at the 2022 Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive. Courtesy photo

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