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DAYTON CBC OPEN & READY TO REBUILD BLOOD SUPPLY

February 4, 2022

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center Dayton Donation Center reopened Friday, Feb. 4 and welcomed donors willing to help rebuild the blood supply after the setback from winter storm cancellations.

Friday hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Dayton CBC Donation Center will operate Saturday, Feb. 5 with extended hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday registered donors will receive a Kroger $10 gift card in addition to the "Counting on You in 2022" long-sleeve t-shirt. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

All mobile blood drives scheduled Thursday and Friday were cancelled, resulting in a shortfall of more than 400 units.

"We're facing a serious threat to our hospitals and it's a challenge we have to overcome," said CBC Vice President of Donor Services Tracy Morgan. "Everyone must be cautious about getting out, but we are counting on help rebuilding the blood supply as fast as we can."

The Thursday closing of the Dayton CBC disrupted platelet and plasma collection. CBC's partner hospitals rely on these products for emergency use, and platelets are especially needed for the treatment of cancer patients.

Despite challenging road conditions Friday morning, dedicated platelet donors were keeping their Friday appointments to donate.

Englewood donor Teri Hunley commonly works a Thursday overnight shift at the Englewood Walmart then donates platelets at the Dayton CBC on Friday morning.  She kept to her schedule despite the storm.

"I was one of four associated who made it in to work," said Teri. "I went home first this morning, then came in (to donate). It was mostly alright. Some of the roads were bad, but I just drove slowly and took it easy."

Teri is a universal platelet donor because of her AB positive blood type. On Friday she made her 224th lifetime donation.

"That's what made me want to come," she said. "If people were cancelling you weren't going to have enough product."

Oakwood donor Kelly Thobe also donated platelets Friday morning. "The roads downtown are clear, not bad," said Kelly. "I just wanted to make sure they (Dayton CBC) were open, so I called before I came!"

Kelly teaches at the University of Dayton, where classes are cancelled today. Oakwood schools are also closed.

"I was thinking, they need blood, so keep your appointment," she said. "I already had a day home with my kids yesterday, and Oakwood schools never close!"

CBC's Pam Wilson was of several staff members who helped boost supply Friday by donating. She was dressed in orange to support the Super Bowl bound Bengals and had black tiger stripes added to the orange bandage on her donation arm.

"We made these ourselves, but we used to have tiger, zebra and other animal prints for bandages," said Pam. "Maybe we can order some before the Super Bowl!"

Type O blood is now in low supply and CBC anticipates short supply of other blood types and platelets.  CBC urges community members to donate if they can safely travel to the Dayton CBC. If travel is unsafe, please reschedule and donate as soon as conditions improve.