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.”