July 2, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is extending the "We Are Essential Heroes Blood Drive" through July 6 because of an urgent need for blood.

Everyone who registers to donate at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 S. Main St. Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 6 will receive a $10 Kroger gift card and the free "Wake Up & Give" t-shirt. Make an appointment online at or call (937) 461-3220.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the blood supply due to blood drive cancellations and less capacity at blood drives.  The July 4th holiday weekend is an additional challenge because there are no mobile blood drives scheduled Friday and Saturday, and the Dayton CBC is closed Saturday for the holiday.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will add her support by donating Monday. Donors who support the "Essential Hero Blood Drive" can nominate an essential worker they admire to be entered in a drawing for a $200 Kroger gift card.

CBC's "Wake Up & Donate Blood Drive" is underway to encourage summer donating. Everyone who registers to donate May 4 through Oct. 31 is automatically entered in the grand prize drawing for a custom-comfort Sleep Number bed.

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 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.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically.  Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email Make an appointment at or call (937) 461-3220.