February 2, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center will host a "Blood Donor Year" blood drive Friday, Feb. 5 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC, 349 South Main St.  Everyone who registers to donate will receive a Kroger $10 gift card, plus the "Team Donor" long-sleeve t-shirt, "Fight. Heal. Give" face mask and free COVID-19 antibody testing. Make an appointment at or call (937) 461-3220.

Donors gave with gusto during January Blood Donor Awareness Month, but for CBC 2021 is "Blood Donor Year."  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to depress blood collection and winter weather this week canceled multiple high school blood drives.

"Our challenges did not end in January," said CBC Chief Operating Officer Diane Wilson. "We're asking if you are able, make a commitment to donate at least three times this year. To get through the pandemic together, 2021 must be our 'Blood Donor Year.'"

CBC averaged 284 donor registrations per day in January, below the Donor Month goal of 300 per day. A persistent problem that emerged in January was high school blood drive cancellations, particularly on Fridays. Strong Friday collections are needed to support hospital blood supply through the weekend.

Winter weather in February is also impacting high school blood drives. Three high schools cancelled blood drives because of snow and extremely cold weather is expected next week.

Large high school blood drives were down 50% to 65% in 2020 compared to 2019. Large corporate blood drive saw collections fall 37% to 72%, with many businesses no longer hosting blood drives.

It was a notable that Miami University, CBC's largest blood drive sponsor, was down just 29% in the calendar year comparison.

Church-sponsored blood drives were the most successful in retaining donors. Many finished the year down just 4% and Fairhaven Church in Centerville increased collections 27%.

In January CBC met the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma needs of all area hospitals and was able to send more shipments to blood centers outside the region. CBC has been averaging 200 donors per week, including 100 new donors per week, and shipping 300 to 400 doses per week.

The goal of the new "Fight. Heal. Give" campaign is to encourage CCP donations, especially from new donors, and to recognize all CCP donors.

There is no deferral or delay in donating whole blood and platelets after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 you are eligible to donate blood 14 days after your last symptoms.

All donors receive free testing for COVID-19 antibodies. Positive antibody test results among CBC donors is trending above 24%.

CCP donors who have received the COVID-19 vaccine may be eligible to continue donating CCP. To confirm your eligibility email or call (937) 461-3220.

Learn more about donating CCP at  First-time donors should call (937) 461-3220. Returning CCP donors and all donors can make an appointment to donate at: