January 15, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - It's the midpoint of January National and Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month and Community Blood Center is calling on donors to help meet this month's vital blood supply goals despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blood Donor Awareness Month goals included registering at least 300 donors per day, challenging donors to give at least three times in 2021, and collecting enough COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma to meet the immediate demand.

CBC registered 2,720 registered donors in the first half of January. It is a strong start, but the current average of 194 donors per day is more than 100 donors below goal.

The traditional challenges of winter emphasized during January Blood Donor Awareness Month are more severe this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC is already seeing an increase in high school blood drive cancellations.

CBC will host the "Join the Team" blood drive Friday, Jan. 22 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center to help offset high school cancellations. Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC will get a Chic-Fil-A $5 gift card and the "Team Donor - Blood Donor Awareness Month" t-shirt.

There has been 377 CCP donations in January Blood Donor Awareness Month with an average of 57 doses shipped per day. It has been enough to meet the demand of regional hospital and to provide emergency supply to states with the highest rate of infection.

"We're from the Midwest," said CBC/CTS COO Diane Wilson, "We're a group of people that wants to help others."

CBC is reminding donors there is no deferral or delay in donating blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Make an appointment to donate at or call (937) 461-3220.