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100 DONORS ‘GO FOURTH’ AT ENGLEWOOD’S ‘GIVE A PINT, GET A PINT BLOOD DRIVE’

July 2, 2021

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio - It felt like "the Fourth" again at the 16th annual JD's Old Fashioned Frozen Custard "Give a Pint, Get a Pint Blood Drive" July 1 at Fairview Brethren in Christ Church.

"Give a Pint, Get a Pint" is an Englewood tradition with the goal of boosting the blood supply before the challenging July 4th holiday. It took on more importance this summer because of continued COVID-19 restrictions and the blood shortage that followed Memorial Day.

For the second consecutive summer the blood drive took place only at the church, but JD's owner Cindy Gress continued the tradition of donating free-pint coupons for all registered donors.  Donors also drew tickets for extra Community Blood Center gifts and enjoyed hotdogs and snacks at a cookout hosted by Fairview volunteers.

The promise of free custard worked its charm again with the blood drive totaling 96 whole blood donors plus nine platelet and plasma donors for 111% of collection goal.

"I know it's a bad time with people not being around to donate, people traveling, and you need more blood," said Cindy Gress. "We want to have the Bloodmobile back here next year. We're coming out of COVID OK. Not fantastic, but we survived and it's getting better and better."

JD's and neighbor Fairview Brethren began co-hosting the blood drive to accommodate more donors and the partnership proved especially valuable during the pandemic.

"It's been a wonderful partnership, JD's is excellent," said Senior Pastor Mark Ballard, who with his plasma donation Thursday is now one donation shy of 200 lifetime donations.

Fairview Brethren was a CBC "Hometown Hero" of the pandemic. They shifted from six blood drives per year to a monthly schedule when other blood drives cancelled. They added space by moving platelet donor beds next to pews in the main church and welcomed all donors for "Give a Pint, Get a Pint."

"I love coming here for this," said Pastor Ballard. "We love doing it. And I've never had a bad custard - I like them all!"

"It's fun," agreed Fairview blood drive coordinator Deb Logan. "I used to live across the street from JD's so I know all the list of flavors. The 'Dreamsickle' reminds me of my childhood."

"We wait until they have 'Drumstick,'" said Union donor Beth Landenkamp, who donated with her husband Neal. They were joined by their daughter and two granddaughters. "We usually order six or eight quarts to go!"

"I did it last year with a friend," said Englewood Hills fourth-grade teacher Cherie Frantz. "I brought my dad this year." Her favorite flavor? "Lemon! It's one they have every day."

"If it's got peanut butter in it, I like it," said Englewood donor Cindy Hall.

"It's so nice of them," she said Brookville donor Debbie Allen, who enjoyed the normal summer feel of another day of giving at the "Give a Pint, Get a Pint Blood Drive."

"It's wonderful," said Pastor Ballard. "It's a good way to serve the community."