CBC to celebrate World Blood Donor Day

DAYTON — World Blood Donor Day will be recognized around the world on Sunday, June 14. Community Blood Center (CBC) is joining the celebration by encouraging summer blood donations and thanking all donors who help save lives in their community through the gift of life.

This year’s campaign theme “Thank you for saving my life” focuses on appreciation of the sacrifices blood donors make to help others, and strongly encourages more people around the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.”

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, yet a very small percentage of those eligible to give actually donate regularly,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman. “We value every one of our donors for helping fulfill our mission of ensuring quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.”

World Blood Donor Day comes at a challenging time of year for maintaining the community blood supply. High schools that host blood drives are out of session and regular donors are often vacationing, potentially making them less available to give.

World Blood Donor Day highlights the constant need for donors – during the summer and throughout the year.

CBC is again partnering with America’s Blood Centers in the Nexcare give campaign, an annual nationwide initiative to encourage blood donations and bring attention to World Blood Donor Day. Donors receive a limited-edition Nexcare give bandage in one of eight global-inspired designs. The bandages are available at CBC Donor Centers while supplies last.

World Health Organization’s 10 facts on blood transfusions:

• Blood transfusions save lives and improve health.

• Transfusions are used to support various treatments.

• Adequate supply of safe blood can only be assured through regular voluntary unpaid donation.

• Voluntary unpaid donors account for 100 percent of blood supplies in 60 countries.

• Around 108 million blood donations are collected globally every year.

• Collections at blood centers vary according to income group.

• More people in high-income countries donate blood than in other countries.

• Donated blood should always be screened.

• A single unit of blood can benefit several patients.

• Unnecessary transfusions expose patients to needless risk.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org.

Connect with Community Blood Center for the latest information and services at www.GivingBlood.org. 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 www.DonorTime.com.

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 www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch and 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 [email protected] or call 800-388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.

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 www.givingblood.org.