June 10, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center will celebrate June 14 World Blood Donor Day during a severe blood shortage and reminds everyone how blood donations make a world of difference to patients in our community.

The aim of World Blood Donor Day is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts that are vital to national health systems.

CBC is facing its most severe blood shortage since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Usage has outpaced collections of type O blood.  Despite the easing of most COVID-19 restrictions, CBC is still struggling to average the 300 donors per day necessary to meet area hospital demands.

"This summer we can help our community continue to heal from the COVID-19 pandemic and spring back to health," said Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services COO Diane Wilson. "Commit to giving blood each time you're eligible. The lives we help save are proof that we are stronger together."

CBC will host the "Summer Cruise-In Blood Drive" Friday, June 11 and the "World Blood Donor Blood Drive" Friday, June 18 at the Dayton CBC, 349 S. Main St.  There will be gift cards and the "Blood Donors are the GOAT - Greatest of All Time" t-shirt for everyone who registers to donate.

Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins are accepted as space allows. CBC is also in need of new donors and new blood drive sponsors. Schedule a donation online at or call (937) 461-3220 to learn how to help.

The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in developing countries.

The World Blood Donor Day 2021 slogan is "Give blood and keep the world beating." A special focus of this year's campaign is the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply. They are generally full of idealism, enthusiasm and creativity.

This is especially true of high school donors in CBC's 15-county region.  CBC saw a decline of high school blood drives during COVID-19 and they are absent now during summer break. CBC hopes for a full revival of the high school blood drive program in the fall.