Area blood drives in October

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SIDNEY — Blood drive sponsors will host Community Blood Center blood drives in our area. The “Buckeye Strong Blood Donor” ceramic coffee tumbler is a warm gift to everyone who registers to donate.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

CBC is celebrating the fall season and college football with the “Buckeye Strong Blood Donor” ceramic tumbler with removable silicone grip. It’s free to anyone who registers to donate Monday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Dec. 3 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

Area blood drives include:

Oct 5: Sidney Senior Center, Sidney, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., community blood drive

Oct 11: Plastipak, Jackson Center, 7:30-11:30 a.m., employee blood drive

Oct 11: Advanced Composites, Sidney 1:00pm-4:30pm, employee blood drive

Oct 11: Houston Community Center, Houston, 3-7 p.m., community blood drive

Oct 12: Plastipak, Jackson Center, 7:30-11:30 a.m., employee blood drive

Oct 18: St. Michaels Hall, Fort Loramie, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., community blood drive

Oct 21: Sidney High School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., student blood drive

Oct 21: Jackson Center High School, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., student and community blood drive

Oct 21: Russia High School, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., student blood drive

Oct 26: Green Hills Community, West Liberty, 1:30-5:30 p.m., community blood drive

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

230 Donations: Roy Bulle, Sidney

150 Donations: Charlie Gase, Sidney

120 Wilson Monnin, Sidney

110 Donations: Brian Barhorst, Minster

90 Donations: Eric Ditmir, Sidney; Paul Verdier, Piqua

80 Donations: Jennifer Jones, Sidney

60 Donations: Rebecca Hoelscher, Botkins; James Liebrecth, Wapakoneta; Richard Fidler, St. Paris; Steven Fullenkamp, Anna

50 Donations: Karen Sahle, Springfield; Lisa Wright, Jackson Center; Bob Short, Sidney

30 Donations: Sharon Lenhart, Jackson Center; Matt Westgerdes, Celina

25 Donations: Rose Albers, St. Sebastian

20 Donations: Ryan Spencer, Bellefontaine; Joyce Goubeaux, Sidney

10 Donations Ken Aselage, Daniel Wuebker, Anna; Kaitlin Underwood, Botkins; Spring McKenzie, Buffy Meyer, Sidney; Krista Settlage, Dennis Kayerman, Wapakoneta; Greg Larger, Sidney; Andrew Seger, Fort Loramie; Brandon Arling, Maria Stein; Jessica Dunhan, Urbana; Devon Shine, Lima; Trisha Elson Maplewood

5 Donations: Ruth Kohler, Hailey Billings, Botkins; Aaron Amsden, Jasmine Smith Laura Benshoff, Makayla Phillips, Sidney

CBC to begin testing for Zika virus

Community Blood Center is taking necessary steps to comply with new recommendations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to protect the blood supply against the Zika virus.

The FDA has recommended universal testing of all donated whole blood and blood components for the Zika virus in the U.S. and its territories. CBC has applied for use of the blood screening test. Ohio and Indiana are among the states that have until Nov. 18, 2016 to begin testing.

CBC will continue the screening methods in place to defer potential donors for 28 days who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the prior four weeks. The list of active Zika transmission areas includes Florida’s Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America.

CBC asks all donors to be aware that travel restrictions impact the available blood supply by further limiting the number of people able to donate. CBC encourages eligible donors to schedule appointments and donate when able.

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