Houston blood drive set for Dec. 27

Staff report

HOUSTON — The Houston Community Association will end the year with a Christmas to New Year’s week blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the meeting room, 5005 Russia-Houston Road.

Community Blood Center is honoring holiday season blood donors as “a force for good” with the “Rogue Blood Donor – A Story of Hope” Star Wars inspired t-shirt, free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The Star Wars saga, a favorite science fiction fantasy with its enduring theme of hope, returns to the silver screen this holiday season. The “Rogue Blood Donor – a Story of Hope” t-shirt is black with the iconic moon-sized space station in the shape of a blood drop. It’s free to anyone who registers to donate Monday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Jan. 7 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The holiday period can be a challenging time for maintaining the area blood supply. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Community Blood Center is now testing blood donations for the Zika virus and is no longer deferring donors for travel to Zika endemic areas. By consenting to give blood, donors are agreeing to participate in a research study to help develop better testing systems to protect the blood supply.

CBC is encouraging women whole blood donors with blood types A positive, B positive, and type AB to consider becoming apheresis donors. Whole blood donors interested in learning if they are eligible to donate platelets and plasma should call CBC’s Ashley Christian at (937) 461-3476. Shelby County donors have the opportunity to make apheresis donations at the Houston Community Association blood drive and at designated CBC community blood drives in Sidney, Fort Loramie, and Russia.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Staff report