SIDNEY — Donors will hold the key to saving lives at the area community blood drives. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a key chain etched with the Community Blood Center blood drop log. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.
The chrome key chain features the CBC logo on a diamond-shaped fob with a braided key loop. The “Key to Saving Lives” key chain is free to anyone who registers to donate now through April 30 at a CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.
CBC is taking cautions against the Zika virus. Potential donors who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America are deferred from donating for 28 days. The restriction is expected to decrease the number of eligible donors by approximately 2.25 percent.
CBC encourages eligible donors to help offset this loss by making an appointment to donate. Type O whole blood donors and type AB platelet and plasma donors are especially encouraged to donate when able.
Area April blood drives include:
• April 5, Jackson Center American Legion, 2 to 6 p.m., community blood drive.
• April 6, Advanced Composites, Sidney 1 to 4 p.m., employee blood drive.
• April 7, Indian Lake High School, Lewistown, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., student and community blood drive.
• April 13, Anna High School, Anna, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., student blood drive.
• April 14, Sidney Apostolic Temple, Sidney, 3 to 7 p.m., community blood drive.
• April 15, Fort Loramie High School, Fort Loramie, 9 a.m. to noon, student blood drive.
• April 16, Sidney Masonic Temple, Sidney 9 a.m. to noon, community blood drive.
• April 19, St Remy Hall, Russia, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., community blood drive.
• April 20, Senior Center of Sidney/Shelby, Sidney, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., community blood drive.
• April 20, Champaign Community Center, Urbana, 2 to 6 p.m., community blood drive.
• April 27, Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., community blood drive.
• April 28, Urbana High School, Urbana, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., student blood drive.
• April 28, Rittal Corporation, Urbana, noon to 4 p.m., employee blood drive.
The Community Blood Center is honored to recognize these “Donors for Life”
• 110 donations: Duane Gaier, Sidney, Nick Braun, Botkins.
• 70 donations: Diana Butcher Wapakoneta.
• 60 donations: Woody Joslin, Maplewood; Kathy Ehemann, Anna.
• 30 donations: Ed Thomas, Sidney.
• 10 donations: Michael Soliday, Piqua; Michael Pleiman, David Berning, McCartyville.
• 5 donations: Georgia Hoying, Mike Albers, Anna, Tyler Scott, Piqua.
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 the education program to a school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to the CBC 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.