'Dayton Strong' Blood Drive Set For Friday

Aug 5, 2019

In the wake of Sunday morning's deadly shooting in Dayton's historic Oregon District, Community Blood Center is holding a blood drive to replenish supplies.

The CBC announced Sunday afternoon it did not need emergency donations to handle area hospital needs following the mass shooting that killed nine and wounded at least 27 others.

"All of CBC's partner hospitals who treated victims had sufficient blood supplies on hand after the shooting and CBC did not have to enact emergency measures to supplement the blood supply," the agency says in a release.

However, more than a hundred people came to donate anyway Monday, and now the agency is planning a community drive for Friday.

"It was the blood on the shelves, ready for emergency use, that saved lives," says CBC Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan. "We are counting on the generosity of donors to help us replenish the supply, and to be ready again when tragedy strikes."

Platelet donations are also welcome.

The "Dayton Strong Blood Drive" is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donor Center, 349 S. Main St. in Dayton.

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 and 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 or call 1-800-388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.