June 8, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is facing its most severe blood shortage since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Usage has outpaced collections of type O blood and CBC is struggling to average the 300 donors per day necessary to meet area hospital demands.

Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins are accepted as space allows. Schedule a donation online at or call (937) 461-3220. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the "Blood Donors are the GOAT - Greatest of All Time" t-shirt.

"This shortage comes from a 'perfect storm' of challenges," said CBC Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan.  "Many corporate and community-sponsored blood drives are just not back to normal size, despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The Memorial Day holiday week disrupted all blood drives.  Now summer is underway with the traditional challenges of vacation travel, outdoor activities, and increased emergency room usage.

"The current pace is unsustainable. We are asking donors to make an extra effort to give, and to encourage those who have never given to become a first-time donor."

CBC needs a strong turnout of donors for the "Summer Cruise-In Blood Drive" Friday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC, 349 S. Main St.  The Kona Ice truck will be at CBC from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free tropical-flavored shaved ice and everyone who registers to donate will also receive a Speedway $10 gift card.

All registered donors get the "Blood Donors are the GOAT" t-shirt and are challenged to donate three times during the summer months and collecting all three GOAT campaign t-shirt designs.

CBC is in need of new donors and new blood drive sponsors. Call (937) 461-3220 to learn how you can help.