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CBC HAS HIGH HOPES FOR HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE REVIVAL

August 16, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is encouraging area high schools to "Revive the Drive" in the new school year with a full schedule of high school blood drives, exclusive student donor t-shirts, special recognitions, and new technology that makes donor screening easier.

"We're honoring 95 high schools who held blood drives during the pandemic with our "Crisis Hero" award," said CBC Donor Services Director Tracy Morgan. "This year we're asking all of our high schools to help keep the regional blood supply at full strength by returning to the schedule of blood drives they kept for many years before the disruption of COVID-19."

There were 156 high school blood drives in 2020-2021, a 28% drop from 219 drives in 2018-19, the last full academic year before the pandemic. 

The greater impact of COVID-19 was on the size of blood drives. In 2020-21 the number of high school donors declined 52%.  Units collected fell by 52% and first-time donors, considered the next generation of blood donors, declined 48%.

This year CBC is encouraging high schools to host three blood drives. To emphasize this goal CBC is introducing three donor t-shirts, designed exclusively for high school blood drives, and is challenging students to donate three times and collect all three.

The slogans for the three t-shirt designs are: "Show Up, Show Out," "Do Good," and "It's the Saving Lives for Me."

Red Cord Honor Program

The Red Cord Honor program recognize seniors for their commitment to donating. CBC awards Red Cords to all seniors who have registered to donate at least three times during their high school years. CBC awards approximately 2,500 Red Cords each year.

One Stick Not Two!

CBC's "One Stick Not Two" campaign introduces the OrSense system, a non-invasive measurement of hemoglobin in the blood donation screening process.

It's a welcome change for student donors who often say the finger stick to draw a drop of blood for hemoglobin testing is the most painful part of donating.

The traditional finger stick has gone away, replaced by a miniature "blood pressure cuff" that slips over the thumb.  A ray of light is transmitted through the finger and in one minute provides a hemoglobin measurement through the skin with no puncture.