“We need at least 400 blood donors and 50 platelet donors every day to meet the demands of our area hospitals.”
Thursday, officials from the Greater Dayton area Community Blood Center (CBC) are hoping helping others through the donation of blood will return to top-of-mind-status in Hamilton at its next monthly donation event.
Donors are welcomed from noon to 6:30 p.m. in the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton Riverview Ballroom, 1 Riverfront Plaza, said CBC officials.
They said there is no deferral or delay in donating blood after receiving any COVID-19 vaccine.
And a free T-shirt – featuring a logo announcing “Blood Donors are the GOAT - Greatest of All Time” will be given to anyone who registers to donate.
In a statement released by CBC officials, they said appointments are encouraged and walk-ins are accepted as space allows. Schedule online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.
“CBC is facing its most severe blood shortage since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Usage has outpaced collections of type O blood, and CBC is struggling to average the 300 donors per day necessary to meet area hospital demands.”
“Many corporate and community-sponsored blood drives are not at normal size, despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Summer is underway with the traditional challenges of vacation travel, outdoor activities, and increased emergency room usage,’ said officials.
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.