FAIRBORN – Bethlehem Lutheran Church will help keep the winter blood supply “Donor Strong” by hosting a community blood drive Monday, Feb. 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1240 South Maple St.
Individuals who registers to donate will receive the “Donor Strong” long-sleeve t-shirt. Make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 937-461-3220.
The “Donor Strong” t-shirt, available now through Feb. 29, is Community Blood Center’s thank-you gift to donors for helping support the regional blood supply against the challenges of winter weather and seasonal illness.
CBC must increase donations in 2020 to provide blood to more hospitals outside the traditional 15-county service area. CBC is also seeking more automated donations of platelets, plasma and double red blood cells.
Many CBC community blood drives now include the opportunity to donate platelets and plasma, which are critical for the treatment of cancer, trauma, transplant and burn patients. Donors with blood types A, AB, or B positive are ideal.
Automated double red blood cell donations are encouraged for type O donors. Safely donating two units of red cells helps increase the supply commonly used in surgery and the emergency treatment of trauma patients. Find out more at www.GivingBlood.org or talk to an apheresis specialist at 937-461-3220.
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, or 16 years old with parental consent; the form is available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch and blood drive locations. Donors must also weigh a minimum of 110 pounds or more depending on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, visit www.givingblood.org.