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CBC HONORS ESSENTIAL WORK OF BLOOD COLLECTORS

September 2, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is honoring its blood collection staff and phlebotomists everywhere whose frontline work through the COVID-19 pandemic is helping save lives every day. CBC is celebrating the 16th annual National Blood Collectors Week Sept. 5-11 in partnership with the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and Fresenius Kabi.

CBC is calling on the community to help rebuild the blood supply after the Labor Day holiday weekend by donating during Blood Collectors Week Sept. 5-11. Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 South Main St. will receive a "Blood Donors are the GOAT" tote bag in addition to the "Cancer Fighters are the GOAT" t-shirt. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

Blood collectors serve as a vital link between donor and patient, ensuring they receive the blood components they need.  Their work has been more vital than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.  At the height of the pandemic blood donation was deemed an essential activity and blood collection essential work for the public good.  Through this dedication CBC was able to avert the additional public health crisis of a blood shortage.

 "We rely on the strength, passion and experience of our staff to ensure our hospitals and patients receive the blood components they need," said CBC Donor Services Director Tracy Morgan. "This has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are proud of our team and recognize their dedication to screening and drawing donors during difficult times. They adapted to every challenge and kept the blood supply flowing."

Blood Collectors Week was co-created and is sponsored by AABB, an international association for individuals and institutions in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, and Fresenius Kabi, a global health care company that specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition.

During this week, CBC will join more than 270 blood centers across the U.S. celebrating their blood collectors who have gone above and beyond to create a positive donor experience and ensure a steady blood supply.

Health care professionals associated with blood collection include phlebotomists, apheresis operators, medical directors and donor recruiters.