July 13, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center will host a "Kings Island Day Blood Drive" Friday, July 17 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 S. Main St.   Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free Kings Island ticket and the "Time to Save a Life" t-shirt.

Donors must make an appointment and wear a face mask. Schedule your donation at or call (937) 461-3220.

Kings Island re-opened to daily pass holders on July 12. CBC is taking the opportunity to encourage blood donations in a time of great need by offering more tickets donated by the park.  

Kings Island has extended the validity of all complementary tickets through December 2020 to include WinterFest.  This applies to all tickets to be distributed at CBC Friday, July 17 and all complementary tickets blood donors received from CBC during the March "Donor Strong Blood Drive."

All Kings Island guests must have a reservation before entering the park. All guests age two and older must wear a face covering. For more information visit To make a reservation to redeem your complimentary ticket go to

COVID-19 worries have suppressed the regional blood supply to levels far below seen with traditional summer challenges. CBC continues to limit capacity at blood drives to maintain social distancing and other safeguards against the spread of COVID-19.  Blood drive cancellations and changes in locations have also resulted in lower collections.

"It's a great way to help your community especially during this time of uncertainty," said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who donated on July 6 and in March. "It's not difficult and they guide you through it. There's a cool t-shirt or a nice token to say they appreciate the work you're doing for your community."

Mayor Whaley said she made a New Year's resolution to donate regularly. 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."