March 24, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - After 17 years of partnership with Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Community Blood Center is moving the monthly Hamilton community blood drive to the new location of the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton at nearby 1 Riverfront Plaza.

CBC honored and thanked Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pastor Joseph Schrock, and blood drive coordinator Julia Hilbert with the presentation of CBC's "Blood Drop" award at Zion's Feb. 18 blood drive. After totaling more than 700 blood drives in 17 years as a home base for CBC in Hamilton, Zion hosted its final blood on March 18.

The monthly schedule will continue uninterrupted with Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton hosting its first blood drive Thursday, April 15 from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom. All previous Zion appointments are converted to the new location and donors can make an appointment at and use sponsor code 171 or call (937) 461-3220 for assistance.

The final Zion blood drive totaled 65 whole blood donors and 9 platelet and plasma donors for 120% of collection goal.

The original CBC Hamilton Donor Center closed in December 2005 and immediately moved to Zion Lutheran. In the early years, Zion averaged nearly 100 blood drives per year. From 2005 to March 2021 the Hamilton blood drives totaled more than 18,000 whole blood donors and 16,000 whole blood donations.

Since 2016 Zion hosted six blood drives per year and moved to monthly blood drives in 2021.  In recent years Zion blood drives expanded to include platelet and plasma collections and added COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma collection from coronavirus survivors during the pandemic.

CBC account representative Sandy Baur said with increased collections, equipment, and donor registrations, the blood drive simply outgrew the space. "You've done everything you could for us," said Sandy. "We can't thank you enough for your 17 years of service, dedication and partnership."

"We're thankful to have had you here," said Julia Hilbert, office administrator at Zion who has served as blood drive coordinator for all 17 years.

"We enjoyed meeting all the people. A lot of people I knew but hadn't seen for years. They were all interested in giving blood. It was fun to see everybody. It's definitely been a positive experience for a good cause."

Julia credited the late Paul Waechter, a former Zion trustee, for helping bring the blood drive to Zion. "He worked with Community Blood Center to find the space and did a lot of work to prepare," she said.

Pastor Schrock is a native of Marysville, Ohio and was a U.S. Army Chaplain for 10 years before coming to Zion in 2014.

"I was glad to see it at the church," said Pastor Schrock. "We should be involved in the community and have our facilities for community service. It's a commitment. We were glad to have you, and if you ever need to come back, feel free."

Ross Township donor Mike Tuccini made his 81st lifetime donation at Zion and planned to schedule his next donation at the Marriott.  "The Courtyard is right across the street," said Mike. "It's no big deal."