CBC calls on donors to replenish blood supply

DAYTON — Community Blood Center is calling on donors to support the Recovery Friday Blood Drive, May 31, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Dayton Donor Center, 349 S. Main St.

The goal is to help replenish the blood supply, especially blood type O positive, after high usage during the Memorial Day weekend and challenges from the damaging tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley Monday night.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the CBC “My Courage Defines Me – I Donate Blood” special edition t-shirt. Donors can also enter a one-day drawing to win a genuine YETI Hopper Flip cooler.

Papa John’s Pizza and Philly Pretzel Factory are sponsoring the blood drive with free pizza, pretzel trays, and coupons in the Donor Café.

The number of community blood drives in the past week was limited because of the holiday period and the widespread storm damage. CBC is asking donors to support the Recovery Friday Blood Drive and their community blood drives to help replenish the blood supply.

People in good health, age 17 and over (age 16 with signed parental consent) can give blood.

Type O positive is the most common blood type (37 percent of the population) and is therefore needed by many patients. Type O positive is the universal blood type for all positive RH factor (O, A, B, and AB positive) patients.

Everyone who registers to donate will be automatically entered in the Lifesaving Adventure Blood Drive to win a YETI Adventure Package including a Tundra Cooler, Base Camp chairs, drinkware and other genuine YETI accessories.

New platelet and plasma donors are in high demand, especially those with blood types A, AB, or B positive. These blood components are vital for the treatment of cancer, trauma, organ transplant, and burn patients. CBC is offering new opportunities to donate platelets and plasma at community blood drives. Find out more at www.GivingBlood.org or talk to an apheresis specialist at 937-461-3220.