May 26, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Type O-negative blood is in short supply following high usage over the Memorial Day weekend. Community Blood Center is encouraging all donors to support the "Donor Strong Blood Drive" Friday, May 29 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donor Center, 349 South Main St.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the "Wake Up & Give" t-shirt. Donors must make an appointment online at or by calling (937) 461-3220.

Blood usage is changing as the community faces a transitional time in the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Blood Center must increase collections as hospitals treat more patients with blood needs, including surgeries and trauma cases.   This increased demand comes as summer gets underway with its traditional challenges to the blood supply.

The May 22 "Donor Strong Blood Drive" helped CBC prepare for the Memorial Day weekend. The blood drive totaled 141 donors, including 119 whole blood donors and 22 platelet and plasma donors. CBC has set a similar goal of more than 100 donors for the May 29 "Donor Strong Blood Drive."

To safeguard everyone against COVID-19, all CBC donors must wear a face mask. To help maintain social distancing at blood drives CBC is requiring donors to make appointments. If all appointments are filled, donors are asked to please schedule on a different day.

The goal of the May 4 - Oct. 31 "Wake Up & Donate Blood Drive" it to meet the traditional increase in demand for blood donations during the summer months. CBC is challenging donors to collect all three t-shirt designs during the campaign.   Everyone who registers to donate will be automatically entered in the drawing to win a custom comfort adjustable Sleep Number bed.