Area blood drives to be held in February



SIDNEY — Area blood drive sponsors will host blood drives of the inaugural Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month in February. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the commemorative “Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month” T-shirt. Schedule an appointment online at or call 800-388-GIVE.

CBC has an immediate need for blood donors to maintain the blood supply during the the start of the New Year. CBC is also emphasizing the strategic goals in 2019 of identifying and recruiting new platelet and plasma donors.

Donors can be a part of history by donating during Ohio’s first “Blood Donor Awareness Month.” The commemorative T-shirt shirt is grey with a red map of Ohio. It’s free when you register to donate at the Dayton CBC Donor Center or any CBC mobile blood drive. CBC is offering the commemorative shirt from Dec. 31 through March 2 so more donors will be eligible to receive it.

CBC is expanding the opportunity to donate platelets and plasma at select community blood drives. Platelets are the cells that control bleeding while plasma is the fluid that maintains blood pressure. Both are vital for the treatment of cancer, trauma, organ transplant, and burn patients. New platelet donors are in high demand, especially those with blood types A, AB, or B positive. Find out more at or talk to an apheresis specialist at (937) 461-3220.

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Area blood drives include:

Feb. 5, Jackson Center United Methodist Church, Jackson Center, 2pm-6pm, community blood drive

Feb. 6, Senior Center of Sidney, Sidney, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., community blood drive

Feb. 7, Cargill, Sidney, noon to 4 p.m., employee blood drive

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

Feb. 16, Sidney Masonic Temple, 9 a.m. to noon, community blood drive

Feb. 19, St. Michaels Hall, Fort Loramie 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., community blood drive

Feb. 20, Green Hills Community, West Liberty, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., community blood drive

Feb. 20, Champaign Community Center, Urbana, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., community blood drive

Feb. 26, Anna Elementary School, Anna, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., community blood drive

Feb. 28, Sidney Apostolic Temple, Sidney, 3 to 7 p.m., community blood drive

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

200 donations: Scott Boyer, Troy

150 donations: Rodney Foster, Tawawa

140 donations: Ron Bornhorst, Anna

75 donations: Tony Green, Urbana; Eric Goetz, Piqua

60 donations: Phyllis Uppenkamp, Botkins; Dan Larger, Doug Esser, Sidney; Frank Goettemoeller, New Bremen

50 donations: Timothy O. King, Johnathan Gallimore, Sidney; Lois Bruns, Versailles

40 donations: Steve Klingler, Sidney; Eric Koeller, Wapakoneta

30 donations: Steve Coy, Sidney, Cris Overbey, Fort Loramie; Mark Quinter, Celina; Chad Flint, Fort Loramie

20 donations: Deb McFeeley, Fort Loramie; Brian Mc Mchan, Elizabeth Clem, Sidney; Wayne Hemmelgarn, St. Henry; Brandon Arling, Marion Local

10 donations: Kyle Pinkerton, West Milton; Zachary Travis, Doug Fortkamp, Sidney; Dave Wannemacher, Delphos

5 donations: Veronica Lukey, Jeremy Keaton, Alexis Hobbs, Sidney; Whitney Biddle, Piqua; Diane Meyer, Patrick Kennedy, Botkins, Nancy Schwartz, New Bremen; Jim Coxs, Cridersville; Dave Schroer, Fort Recovery

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 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 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