July 7, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Blood donors helped avert a critical blood shortage during the July 4th holiday week by supporting the "We Are Essential Heroes Blood Drive" at the Dayton Community Blood Center and at mobile blood drives across CBC's 15-county region.

More than 1,777 people registered to donate with CBC from June 26 through July 6. The response was vital for preventing a blood shortage because of the limited number of mobile blood drives during the holiday week and no collections on July 4th.

The eight-day "We Are Essential Heroes Blood Drive" at the Dayton CBC Donation Center totaled 977 donors including 780 whole blood donations and 218 platelet and plasma donations. Mobile blood drives registered 800 donors during the week and area-wide there were 116 first-time donors.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley gave her support to the "We Are Essential Heroes Blood Drive" by donating at the Dayton CBC on July 6. CBC extended the "Essential Hero Blood Drive" through Monday, July 6 out of concern for the low inventory of blood on hand at hospitals after the holiday weekend.

"My new year's resolution was to come as often as I could and get on a regular schedule," said Mayor Whaley, who also donated during the COVID-19 lockdown to demonstrate giving blood as an essential activity.

"It's a great way to help your community especially during this time of uncertainty," she said. "Number one it's super easy. They do all the hard work for you. It's not difficult and they guide you through it. There's usually a cool t-shirt or some sort of nice token to say they appreciate the work you're doing for your community, so it's a great way to help your community."

CBC will continue to face challenges as summer continues. Uncertainties about the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations on blood drives to protect donors and staff continue to impact collections.

CBC is seeking more people to become first-time donors and is asking all to join the World Blood Donor Day pledge, "Make Two Appointments to Donate and Keep Them."   Make an appointment to donate at or call (937) 461-3220.