Blanket adds warmth to Fairborn blood drive

December 27, 2013

FAIRBORN — St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Fairborn will help support the area blood supply early in the New Year by hosting a community blood drive 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 in the church fellowship hall, 1501 North Broad St.

Community Blood Center (CBC) is adding warmth to January National Volunteer Blood Donor Month with the gift of a cozy fleece travel blanket to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.

The fleece blanket is charcoal grey, about 4 feet wide and 4 ½ feet long, and rolls into a convenient travel size. The blanket roll is held in place by a nylon and Velcro handle flap that features the red CBC blood drop logo. It’s free to everyone who registers to donate between now and Saturday, Jan. 25 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and Community Blood Center (CBC) is recognizing all donors who support CBC Donor Centers and mobile blood drives. Since 1970 January has been designated as a special month to encourage donors to give blood or make a pledge to donate.

Maintaining the community blood supply is traditionally a challenge during the winter months. But CBC begins the New Year with an ample reserve and is well positioned to reliably provide our partner hospitals with the blood they need.

Every day hospitals and emergency centers across the country need approximately 39,000 units of blood to treat patients with cancer and other diseases, organ transplant recipients, and accident victims.

CBC’s goal for 2014 is to register 88,000 whole blood and double red cell donors and collect 74,000 pints of blood. CBC will also strive to register 7,300 platelet donors in order to collect 9,800 units of platelets.

In round numbers, CBC needs about 300 units of blood and platelets from more than 350 donors each day. It remains CBC’s mission and responsibility to recruit these donors and provide the services necessary to complete these goals.

CBC’s message in 2014 will be familiar: Blood donors are real life heroes because of the sacrifice they make to save the lives of people they may never know. If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other donor requirements, you may be eligible to donate blood.

Blood donation requirements are that 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 16 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, 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 or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com. Visit the all new www.GivingBlood.org for more information.

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services.