CBC CALLS ON BLOOD, PLASMA DONORS TO ‘FIGHT, HEAL, GIVE’

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is calling on donors to “Fight, Heal and Give” to keep the regional blood supply secure and help COVID-19 patients survive.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 22 all donors will receive the new “Fight. Heal. Give” face mask in addition to the “Team Donor – Blood Donor Awareness Month” long-sleeve t-shirt. All COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma donors also get the new “Fight. Heal. Give” t-shirt and a Kroger $25 gift card.  Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

First-time CCP donors can find out more at www.GivingBlood.org and should call (937) 461-3220.

New guidelines now allow CCP donors who have received the COVID-19 vaccine to continue donating CCP.  There is no deferral or delay in donating any blood component after receiving the vaccine.

The “Fight. Heal. Give” campaign comes as U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams is calling on universities and colleges to encourage students and faculty who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate CCP.

The surgeon general says nearly 400,000students and educators at U.S. colleges and universities have tested positive for COVID-19 and are likely to carry virus-fighting antibodies. 

“The nationwide increase in COVID-19 infections has caused a massive spike in demand for CCP,” said Surgeon General Adams. “That demand is quickly approaching more than 30,000 units per week. With increasing demand, it becomes more challenging to support the need.”

In a letter to university leaders, Adams also called on campus communities to consider hosting safe, socially-distanced convalescent plasma drives.

CBC is collecting convalescent plasma daily at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, at many mobile blood drives and at specified convalescent plasma drives.  To learn more about hosting a CCP drive call (937) 461-3220.

CCP DONOR TRACEY BITONTI SPREADS THE WORD: ‘FIGHT, HEAL, GIVE’

Centerville donor Tracey Bitonti recovered from COVID-19 in November and made her first CCP donation in December. “When you first get it, it’s like a Scarlet Letter,” she said. “Now I wish I had a neon sign that says, ‘I’ve had it!’

“I hadn’t donated in a long time. When I found out I had the antibodies, it was ‘as long as I’ve got them, I’ll give it.’” She now has three CCP donations. “Everybody who has had COVID should be doing this,” she said. “I’m trying to find everybody I know who’s had it. I’m spreading the word.”

BLOOD DONOR AWARENESS MONTH GOALS UNMET – ‘JOIN THE TEAM’ BLOOD DRIVE IS JAN. 22

DAYTON, Ohio – It’s the midpoint of January National and Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month and Community Blood Center is calling on donors to help meet this month’s vital blood supply goals despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blood Donor Awareness Month goals included registering at least 300 donors per day, challenging donors to give at least three times in 2021, and collecting enough COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma to meet the immediate demand.

CBC registered 2,720 registered donors in the first half of January. It is a strong start, but the current average of 194 donors per day is more than 100 donors below goal.

The traditional challenges of winter emphasized during January Blood Donor Awareness Month are more severe this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC is already seeing an increase in high school blood drive cancellations.

CBC will host the “Join the Team” blood drive Friday, Jan. 22 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center to help offset high school cancellations. Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC will get a Chic-Fil-A $5 gift card and the “Team Donor – Blood Donor Awareness Month” t-shirt.

There has been 377 CCP donations in January Blood Donor Awareness Month with an average of 57 doses shipped per day. It has been enough to meet the demand of regional hospital and to provide emergency supply to states with the highest rate of infection.

“We’re from the Midwest,” said CBC/CTS COO Diane Wilson, “We’re a group of people that wants to help others.”

CBC is reminding donors there is no deferral or delay in donating blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Make an appointment to donate at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: 2020 ENDS, 2021 BEGINS WITH 200 LTD MILESTONE DONORS AT MAIDEN LANE

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Maiden Lane Church of God and First Christian Church of Springfield gave Community Blood Center a solid home base in Springfield when they began hosting monthly community blood drives in January of 2019 that included platelet and plasma donations.

Two years later they are helping CBC weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and have expanded to include COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma collections. In two years, they have totaled more than 3,100 donors. Maiden Lane ended 2020 with a 200 lifetime donation donor and began 2021 with another.

VINCE HIPPS – 200 LTD

Santa Claus visited the Maiden Lane Dec. 14, 2020 blood drive while Springfield’s Vince Hipp donated platelets for his 200th lifetime donation.  Vince has been donating platelets since 1994. He was a regular at the former CBC Springfield Donation Center for decades before becoming a monthly donor Maiden Lane.

“I worked construction so I couldn’t make regular appointments,” said Vince. “So, after I got rained out a while, I went to the Dayton center and that’s when I started. There was a woman there, and there was a need for platelets. Her iron was too low, so she said, ‘Check him!’”

That call to arms marked the beginning of Vince’s long “Donor for Life” journey as a monthly platelet donor. He sums up the dedication that has helped him top 200 donations in one word: “The need,” he said. “You just know there are so many people with burns, so many with cancer, and other injuries. If I don’t do platelets, I’ll do plasma when they need it. I can do the time.”

DON OVERAKER – 200 LTD

Donors Don Overacker and Larry Moorman worked together as postal clerks for 30 years at the Springfield Post Office and logged thousands of steps chasing down packages. Don had more steps, and more lifetime blood donations than Larry.  But Larry had a “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.

“When he got his, I said, What!?” said Don. The Donor for Life program had not begun when Don reached his 100th donation milestone. Both men were regular whole blood and platelet donors at the former CBC Springfield Donation Center where Beryl Boggess worked for more than 40 years. “Beryl said, ‘You’ll have to wait until 200.’”

Larry remembered how Beryl recruited him to donate platelets. “Beryl said, ‘You look like a platelet donor,’” said Larry. “I said, ‘What does a platelet donor look like?’ and she said, ‘You!’”

Larry retired from the postal office in 2018 but Don kept going until April 1, 2018. “Everybody didn’t think I was really going to retire because it was April Fool’s Day,” he said.”

But it was no joke that Don wanted a 200 LTD jacket.  Knowing that Larry had a 100 LTD jacket served as extra motivation.

“I’ve been looking forward to it for a while,” said Don. “It’s been a goal of mine.” The two friends have often donated together over the years. Larry now has 125 lifetime donations. Don reached 200with a whole blood donation and plans to keep donating.

“I hope I can keep my health,” he said. He is still working at a new job, but not at Post Office pace. “My last few months at USPS I was working 70 hours a week, 80 hours at Christmas,” he said. “That’s why I retired – I can’t keep that up.”

Larry wore his “Donor for Life -100 LTD” jacket to Jan. 11 Maiden Lane to help celebrate Don’s milestone.  Don will have to wait for his “Donor for Life – 200 LTD” jacket to be delivered. “They said they’ll mail it to me,” he said. “I hope they don’t mail it through the post office!”

COVID PLASMA DONATIONS ADD TO WIDENING ‘RIPPLE EFFECT’ OF EATON ‘VINCENT STRONG’ BLOOD DRIVES

EATON, Ohio – The Eaton First Church of God began the New Year with a new way of widening the lifesaving “ripple effect” of its “Vincent Strong” blood drives in memory of Vincent Jones.  The Jan. 9 blood drive was the first to collect COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma and included the first CCP donation by blood drive organizer and COVID survivor Mindy Sue Jones-Vannatter.

“I believe in the ripple effect of paying it forward,” Mindy told WDTN-TV. “A lot of people blessed my family, blood donors and others. I want to do everything I can to pay that forward. And when you help someone, they eventually will help someone else.”

The First Church of God blood drive totaled 61 donors for 126% of collection goal.  Mindy was one of four convalescent plasma donors and Vincent’s brother Craig Jones, an Eaton Police officer, was one of three platelet donors.

Mindy has made “the ripple effect” her credo since organizing the first memorial blood drive soon after losing her husband Vincent to leukemia in 2016. She considers it a testimony to the blood donations that helped Vincent live long enough to see the birth of his son Jeremiah.

“Today I gave blood,” Mindy posted on her Facebook page. “Today was such a humbling day. I got to honor the memory of my late husband Vincent and his fight against leukemia. I got to teach my two young sons the importance of helping others!

“I can tell you from several personal family experiences blood donation truly saves lives!”

Mindy lost her father to COVID-19 in November. He received transfusions, including convalescent plasma during his treatment. A month later, Mindy tested positive. Once recovered, she was determined to donate convalescent plasma knowing it contains COVID-19 antibodies.

 “So today I helped others by giving my plasma to try to give those battling this virus with severe symptoms a better fighting chance,” she said. “If I can help another family not have to experience the loss that my family did in November, then it’s one of the greatest things I can do to make this world a better place!”

The 5th annual Vincent Jones Memorial on June 27, 2020 was her first experience organizing a blood drive during the pandemic. Despite coronavirus restrictions, it totaled 81 donors and for the first time included platelet and double red cell donations.

The summer Vincent Strong blood drives have helped Community Blood Center maintain the blood supply during the challenging July 4th holiday period. The January blood drives now follow the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and are part of Blood Donor Awareness Month.

“We had an amazing turnout for our January blood drive,” she said, which doubled its usual number of donors. “I was definitely happy with the turn out and success of the drive in a time when we need blood donation so much!

Mindy plans to continued donating convalescent plasma as long as she remains eligible.

“My personal goal is, as always, to continue that ripple effect of helping others,” she said. “When you help someone, he or she helps someone else and the ripple of kindness continues on indefinitely. In the midst of all that is going on in the world right now I would say a little bit of kindness and putting others first is just what we need!”

SONS & DAUGHTERS JOIN 10-YEAR LEGACY OF HAROLD O’CONNELL MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE

DAYTON, Ohio – The Ohio EPA colleagues of Harold O’Connell lost him suddenly in 2011 and have celebrated his life by giving blood in his name every year since.

The 10th annual Harold O’Connell Memorial Blood Drive on Jan. 7 was different during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many supporters donating in new locations. It also welcomed a new generation of donors who were in elementary school 10 years ago when the blood drive began.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” said Ohio EPA donor Laura Hafer, who has helped with the blood drive from the beginning. She came to the Dayton CBC with her daughter Erica, a senior at the University of Cincinnati who made her 6th lifetime donation. “Sometimes it feels like it was a lifetime ago and sometimes it feels like just yesterday.”

Harold was passionate about preserving the environment, running and racing for vitality and fitness, and giving blood to save lives. He was a strong advocate of each passion and influenced the people around him.  They were shocked when he collapsed and died from a heart attack after finishing the Tadmor 10K Road Race at the Taylorsville MetroPark in 2011.

“Harold was someone who always gave 100% to whatever he was doing, from running to donating,” said Laura. “It makes you want to give more too.”

Laura and Erica came from Franklin to donate at the Dayton CBC. “We’re all working remotely,” she said. “Everyone may pick a site somewhere. People will be turning out some place besides here.”

“I had heard of several others who will be donating along with their son or daughter today,” said Ohio EPA colleague Laura Marshall, who has served as the coordinator of the Harold O’Connell Memorial Blood Drive from the beginning.

“Everyone is working and schooling from home so family members area able come in and do this together.”

Laura Marshall donated in Harold’s memory at a blood drive near her home in Xenia.

“It is hard to believe it has been 10 years already,” she said. “There are still a number of people in our office that remember Harold and appreciate this chance to honor his memory and support the worthy cause.”

The original goal of the blood drive was to match and exceed the donations Harold would be giving if he was still alive. The sign-in list at the Dayton CBC Donation Center filled up throughout the day with the names of colleagues and fellow blood donors who donated in solidarity.

“It’s 10 years for me,” said Ohio EPA colleague Tom Schneider. “My first donation was at this.”

Tom donated at the Dayton CBC with his daughter Gabrielle, a senior at Chaminade Julienne High School who made her third lifetime donation.

“Seems like forever ago and moments ago,” said Tom. “Lots of new people, lots of sons and daughters.”

“I think Harold definitely inspired all of us to keep giving,” said Laura Hafer. “Having this drive, they think of Harold doing it. They want to donate in his honor.”

DONORS CAN GIVE BLOOD AFTER GETTING COVID-19 VACCINE

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is celebrating National and Ohio January Blood Donor Awareness Month with special events this week and a reminder to donors they can give blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

There is no deferral or delay in donating blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  An exception is that COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma donors are no longer eligible to donate convalescent plasma after getting the vaccine.

Learn more about the standard blood donation requirements at www.GivingBlood.org and make an appointment to donate at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

JANUARY IS OHIO BLOOD DONOR AWARENESS MONTH

CBC is challenging donors to make three blood donations in 2021.

CBC will host the “Thanks for Joining the Team” blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center. Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC will get a gift bag that includes a Chic-Fil-A $5 gift card, socks, hand sanitizer, and candy. They will also receive the “Team Donor – Blood Donor Awareness Month” t-shirt.

Ohio EPA colleagues of the late runner, environmentalist and blood donor Harold O’Connell will celebrate his memory with the 10th annual Harold O’Connell Memorial Blood Drive Thursday, Jan. 7 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 South Main St.

State Sen. Stephen Huffman (R-5th District) introduced legislation for Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month in 2017. It was made law in 2018 and first observed in January 2019. The key goals are to thank all donors and to encourage more people to donate.

The traditional challenges of winter emphasized during January Blood Donor Awareness Month are more severe this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The surge in coronavirus cases has resulted in multiple businesses and high school blood drive cancellations. Blood drives that have remained on schedule are operating at reduced capacity.

Blood donation requirements:  Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name.  Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card.  Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more, depending on your height), and be in good physical health.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically.  Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

NEW YEAR BEGINS BIG IN BOTKINS WITH 6TH ANNUAL CHELSEA LUKEY MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE

BOTKINS, Ohio – It’s not easy organizing a blood drive right after New Year’s Day. Susan Leugers does it gladly because it helps Community Blood Center during a time of need, and it honors the memory of the daughter she lost to cancer. 

The COVID-19 pandemic added challenges to the 6th annual Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive on Jan. 4, but the result was rewarding.  It was CBC’s biggest blood drive of the New Year with 107 donors, including 16 first-time donors, for 118% of collection goal.

For the first time, the blood drive included four donations of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for the treatment of coronavirus patients. Overall, donor registrations increase 50% compared to a year ago.

“I usually have to barter – or batter – people to come here and give blood, but not this time!” said Susan, who made her 146th lifetime donation Monday in her daughter’s memory. “Every time I looked at the website more people had signed up. It’s like I didn’t have to recruit people like prior years.”

The Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive is now a New Year’s tradition in Botkins. Susan held the first in the summer of 2016 as a tribute to her daughter Chelsea, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at age 22.  Susan held the second blood drive just six months later, after New Year’s, to boost the post-holiday blood supply.

Last year Susan used a $250 grant from the non-profit Thrivent Action Team to fund a hot meal for donors in the Donor Café.  Pandemic restrictions this year meant no open food and no volunteers, but Susan used the Thrivent funds to purchase gift cards from local merchants for donor raffles.

“My wife grew up with Chelsea,” said Sidney donor Jeremy Keaton. “They knew each other since kindergarten. She would be here helping out, but we just had a baby on Dec. 29.”

Jeremiah Smith from Botkins was one of the convalescent plasma donors. “I’ve given plasma before, so with convalescent plasma, this is an added bonus,” he said. “It doesn’t make me nervous. “It doesn’t matter to me who it goes to or where it goes, it’s just a matter of giving it.”

New donors are common at the Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive because Susan is not shy about recruiting. Desiree Stangel from Sidney is Susan’s hair stylist and with encouragement from Susan registered to donate for the first time since high school.

“I wanted to help her out, because of Chelsea and to help save a live, especially with COVID going on right now,” said Desiree.  She was also motivated because CBC is testing all donors for COVID-19 antibodies.  People who have the antibodies are eligible to donate convalescent plasma.

“If I have the antibodies, I can help with that,” she said. “I’ve never done plasma before, but there are people who need it. You can help save a life and check your own health at the same time.”

JANUARY BLOOD DONOR AWARENESS MONTH: DAYTON MAYOR SAYS GIVE HOPE IN NEW YEAR BY GIVING BLOOD

DAYON, Ohio – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley renewed her pledge to be a “Donor for Life” by kicking off National and Ohio January Blood Donor Awareness Month on Monday, Jan. 4 at Community Blood Center with her first donation of 2021.  

She fulfilled her New Year’s resolution from a year ago to donate more regularly, and said the renewed commitment is more vital as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

“In 2020 it was my resolution to be a more regular blood donor,” said Mayor Whale. “It was one I was able to check off which felt great. It became more important probably in 2020 more than ever. I’m hoping 2021 is an easier year for our community, but this is still a great way we can help our community out, and I’ll continue on with my regular blood donation.”

CBC is challenging eligible donors to make a New Year’s resolution to give blood three times in 2021. Schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220. CBC is thanking donors with free COVID-19 antibody testing and the special edition “Team Donor – Blood Donor Awareness Month” long-sleeve t-shirt.

“We’re always struggling for a New Year’s resolution and there’s no better resolution than saying I’m going to help my community by becoming a blood donor,” said Mayor Whaley. “Come and give it a try, or, say if I haven’t done this in a while, I’m going to be more regular in 2021. Our community needs you and this is a great way to help our community.”

CBC will host the “Thanks for Joining the Team” blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center. Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC will get a gift bag that includes a Chic-Fil-A $5 gift card, socks, hand sanitizer, and candy. They will also receive the “Team Donor” t-shirt.

State Sen. Stephen Huffman (R-5th District) introduced legislation for an Ohio Blood Donor Month in 2017. It was signed it into law Feb. 8, 2018 and first observed in January 2019. The key goals are to thank all donors and to encourage more people to donate.

The traditional challenges of winter emphasized during January Blood Donor Awareness Month are more severe this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The surge in coronavirus cases has resulted in multiple businesses and high school blood drive cancellations. Blood drives that have remained on schedule are operating at reduced capacity.

“January and February can be really difficult,” said Mayor Whaley. “January is tough as we start the New Year and we don’t know what it holds so we’re hopeful in it. There’s no better way to be hopeful than doing something that can help our community and help those that are in need. This is a small thing that we can do that makes a great difference in our community.”

JOIN LIFESAVING TEAM! SPECIAL EVENTS, NEW CHALLENGES FOR JANUARY BLOOD DONOR AWARENESS MONTH

DAYTON, Ohio – Be part of a lifesaving team by donating during January National and Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month.  Community Blood Center challenges eligible donors to make a New Year’s resolution to give blood three times in 2021. Schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

The New Year’s Resolution Blood Drive continues through Dec. 31 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center, 349 South Main St. with a free Kroger $10 gift card to everyone who registers to donate.  Donors also get the “Hometown Hero” long-sleeve t-shirt and “Holiday Hero” face mask, while supplies last.

CBC will introduce the special edition “Team Donor – Blood Donor Awareness Month” long-sleeve t-shirt on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31.  It is free when you register to donate with CBC Dec. 31 through Feb. 27.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will visit the Dayton CBC Donation Center Monday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. to help kickoff January National Blood Month and the third annual observance of Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month.

CBC will host the “Thanks for Joining the Team” blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center. Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC will get a gift bag that includes a Chic-Fil-A $5 gift card, socks, hand sanitizer, and candy. They will also receive the “Team Donor” t-shirt.

State Sen. Stephen Huffman (R-5th District) introduced legislation for an Ohio Blood Donor Month in 2017. It was signed it into law Feb. 8, 2018 and first observed in January 2019. The key goals are to thank all donors and to encourage more people to donate.

The traditional challenges of winter emphasized during January Blood Donor Awareness Month are more severe this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The surge in coronavirus cases has resulted in multiple businesses and high school blood drive cancellations. Blood drives that have remained on schedule are operating at reduced capacity.

The rise in coronavirus hospitalizations has created peak demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for the immediate treatment of critically ill coronavirus patients. The Dayton CBC Donor Center is open Sundays for CCP collection and CBC welcomes new sponsors of CCP mobile plasma drives.

All registered CCP donors receive a Kroger $25 gift card and the “Support the Fight Against COVID – Donate Convalescent Plasma” t-shirt. First-time CCP donors must have proof of positive test and should register at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS HOMETOWN HERO GREENVILLE CHURCH OF BRETHREN – ‘THE BLOOD DRIVE CHURCH’

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, 12 HOMETOWN HEROES

We count our blessings this holiday season by counting 12 heroes. During the “12 Days of Christmas Blood Drive” Community Blood Center is honoring 12 “Hometown Heroes” who have defended the region’s blood supply during the dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DAY 11 – HOMETOWN HEROES: ‘THE BLOOD DRIVE CHURCH’ GREENVILLE CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN

The Greenville Church of the Brethren is not just a Hometown Hero of the pandemic, it is a CBC home base. Long before the coronavirus reached our shores the Church of the Brethren had gained the reputation as “the Blood Drive Church” because of its monthly schedule of blood drives. 

Month after month, year after year, sponsors from Greenville civic groups, businesses and charitable organizations recruit donors for their blood drives.  All are easily familiar with the central location of the Greenville Church of the Brethren.

CBC account representative Dana Puterbaugh has praise for all her blood drive sponsors, volunteers and donors, especially in the challenging time of COVID-19.  She gives special “Hometown Hero” thanks and recognition to the Greenville Church of the Brethren and Pastor Ron Sherck.

“There is a very long-standing relationship between you folks and our congregation,” said Pastor Ron Sherck.

“I will be here at this church almost 18 years. I remember when I first came, the blood drive was here four or five times a year. As the years progressed Dana would approach us and say we need another location, could you guys host us for an additional month? We ended up hosting 12 months and we were fine with that.  It’s a very good positive relationship with you folks, working with Dana the whole time.”

“When we came to the time when the pandemic was making changes to the blood drive schedule and how you were functioning and operating, we kind of collaborated together and said, ‘Let’s try to make this work.’”

“It was a proactive effort to say, ‘We’re willing to do this, this, and this to make this work.’ We as a church have measures, we’re putting in place as well, that we think will work.”

Pastor Sherck recognized the church-wide support for the blood drives, beginning with the church leadership and including custodian Curt Zerkel, who he called “the front line person who preps everything and is always here the day of the drive.”

“The deacons and elders of church are the ones that have to make the decision, ‘Do we make this happen?’” said Pastor Ron. “They were all on board and very supportive. All I can say is thumbs up.  We feel good about it. The groups that have been using the facility as sponsors of the blood drives I know feel good about their relationships with CBC.

“There have been adjustments, like start times,” he said. “Dana has asked for an additional date to do a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma drive. That’s coming up in January. We said sure. Our leaders thought it was a great way to help the community, especially those feeling the effects of the virus.”

“It creates a centralized, regular connection with the community. They know where it’s going to be held. We’re glad we can enable you to keep doing what you are doing. We recognize the great value of that for the community.”

“When I’m around town and someone asks what I do, and I say I’m the pastor of the Church of the Brethren, they may say, ‘Where is that?’  When I say it’s the church on Central Avenue they almost immediately say, “Oh! Where the blood drive is held!”

“So, we’re ‘the Blood Drive Church,’ and I’m the pastor of the ‘Blood Drive Church.’”

CBC is encouraging donations during the “12 Days of Christmas” blood drive now through Saturday, Dec. 26 at the Dayton CBC.  Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC will receive a Kroger $10 gift card in addition to “Holiday Hero” face mask and “Hometown Hero” t-shirt.  Donors must make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or by calling (937) 461-3220.