Area sponsors host blood drives in February

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SIDNEY — Sign up to give blood at an area community or business blood drive and get a free “Blood Donor” knit beanie. Schedule an appointment with Community Blood Center online at or call 800-388-GIVE.

Jack Frost has been way too nippy this winter, so cover up from the cold with the Blood Donor Beanie. The cozy knit beanie is dark charcoal with “Blood Donor” and the CBC blood drop in a light gray and blue-striped band, topped off with a speckled gray pom-pom. It’s free to everyone who registers to donate with CBC through Feb. 24 at a CBC Donor Center or most CBC mobile blood drives.

Severe weather and seasonal illness makes winter a challenging time for maintaining the regional blood supply. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule as soon as possible.

CBC enters 2018 with the additional challenge of building a new community of dedicated platelet and plasma donors. The automated process of giving platelets and plasma is called “apheresis” and the number of these special donors is dwindling. CBC’s most dedicated donors are ageing, with about 53 percent of the donor base now over the age of 50.

CBC is calling for young people to become the “next generation of donors” and asking new and current donors to help CBC meet the challenges of the future by becoming apheresis donors.

Area blood drives include:

• Feb 6th Jackson Center United Methodist Church, Jackson Center, 2-6pm, community blood drive

• Feb. 7, Rittal, Urbana, 1 to 4 p.m., business blood drive

• Feb. 7, Advanced Composites, 1 to 5 p.m., business blood drive

• Feb. 8, Sidney Apostolic Temple, Sidney 3 to 7 p.m., community blood drive

• Feb. 9, Sidney High School, Sidney, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., student blood drive

• Feb. 14, Senior Center of Sidney, Sidney, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., community blood drive

• Feb. 14, Champaign Community Center, Urbana, 2 to 6 p.m., community blood drive

• Feb. 20, St. Michaels Hall, Fort Loramie, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., community blood drive

• Feb. 21, Green Hills Community, West Liberty, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., community blood drive

• Feb. 27, Anna High School, Anna, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., community blood drive

The Community Blood Center is honored to recognize these “Donors for Life”

• 80 donations: Nancy Russell, Sidney

• 60 donations: Matthew Peters, Bellefontaine

• 50 donations: Brian Wagner, Sidney; Jeanette Bergman, Botkins; Bart Merriam, New Knoxville

• 30 donations: Dave Helman, Jackson Center; Rose Albers, St. Sebastian

• 25 donations: Tom Sprague, Robert Shoffner, Donald Orndorff Sr. Ryan Hall, Pam Fultz, Sidney; Jim Meyer, Coldwater; Mark Quinter, Celina

• 20 donations: Bernie Poeppelman, McCartyville; Jim Siegel, Fort Loramie

• 10 donations: Billie Homan, Botkins; Lisa Hoewischer, Sidney; Tony Schroeder, Wapakoneta

• 5 donations: Tenna Cecil,Botkins; Tina Coffield, Sidney; Brandi Watkins, Elisha Huddleston,Kiarra Ibarra, Anna; Tom Goergens, Delphos; Bud Bonifas, Celina

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 CBC branch & 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 are invited to email [email protected] or call 800-388-GIVE. Make an appointment at

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 25 hospitals and health centers within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit

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