Team up to save lives at local blood drives

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SIDNEY — Area blood drive sponsors are teaming up with Community Blood Center to host a blood drives in December. The “Buckeye Donor” campaign celebrates football championships and the holiday bowl season. Everyone who registers to donate at community or business blood drives now through Saturday, Dec. 19 will receive the free t shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The design features a silver football helmet on a red background with the CBC blood drop and the map of Ohio as the helmet emblem.

Your donation will help patients in need of blood transfusions and other blood products. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

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Area December blood drives include:

Dec. 7: West Liberty Salem High School, student blood drive 8 a.m. to noon

Dec. 8: Houston Community Center, Houston, community blood drive 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 10: Fort Loramie High School, student blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 10: SpartanNash, Bellefontaine, employee blood drive 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 10: Sidney Apostolic Temple, Sidney, community blood drive 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dec. 12: Discovery Center, Bellefontaine, community blood drive 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 14: Graham High School, student blood drive, 8 a.m. to noon

Dec. 15: Sacred Heart Church, Anna, (McCartyville) 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 16: Advanced Composites, Sidney, employee blood drive 1 to 5 p.m.

Dec. 22: Rittal, Urbana, employee blood drive noon to 4 p.m.

Dec. 23: Champaign Community Center, Urbana, community blood drive 2 to 6 p.m.

Dec. 30: Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, community blood drive 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 30: Sidney Senior Center, Sidney, community blood drive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

250 Donations: William Meinerding, Lakeview

110 Donations: Dorothy Davidson, Sidney

90 Donations: James Lambert, Sidney

70 Donations: Kenneth Castor, Sidney

60 Donations: Belinda Hemp, Sidney

50 Donations: Randy Greer, Sidney

40 Donations: Marguerite Meyers, Sidney

25 Donations: Cory Huelskamp, Charles Mayberry, Sidney; Bob Will, Maria Stein

20 Donations: Jackie Green, Anna; Barbra Doak, Port Jefferson

10 Donations: Melissa Safreed, Piqua; Michele Hammer, Thomas Coverstone, Judy Liesner, Elmer Kies Jr, Cory Branscum, Marla Lauth, Kelli Harshbarger Sidney; Diana Reineke, Maplewood.

5 Donations: Maya Williams, Health Blandord, Connor Thobe, Kendal Eck, Caroline Heitmeyer, Melissa Hughes, Conelia Dixon, Sidney; Olivia Gorman, Catrina Phillips, Piqua; Diana Gibson, Tipp City.

Connect with Community Blood Center for the latest information and services at Get fast and complete answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring our education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to

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 16 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, 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 or call 1(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 24 hospitals 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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