March 30, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - A strong weekend of support for the regional blood supply began with Senator Rob Portman donating Friday at the Dayton Community Blood Center and continued Saturday with the 10th annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive and three church-sponsored blood drives led by Fairhaven Church in Centerville.

CBC reminds the public that holding blood drives and donating blood is essential to the public health. Make an appointment to donate at or call (937) 461-3220.


Churches everywhere have suspended services to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but many are taking cautious steps to help the community, including hosting blood drives.

Fairhaven Church, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, and St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church held blood drives Saturday morning, March 28.  Fairhaven extended their blood drive by an additional hour and totaled 102 donors.

"We know people are a little concerned now, we try to tell them to keep a safe distance," said Fairhaven blood drive coordinator Rose Massaquoi about planning the blood drive. Saturday's blood drive took on special significance, for church member and community donors.

"Most are from Fairhaven, other people do come out, but most are from the church," said Rose. "I think because we know that other blood drives have been cancelled, we decided to it because we know the urgent need. We don't want to turn down this blood drive. All church activities are cancelled, all services are online. The only thing we're doing is the blood drive."


DAYTON, Ohio - Concerns and precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic changed expectations for the 10th annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive Saturday, March 28 at the Dayton Community Blood Center. But an uplifting surprise brought tears to the eyes of Megan Rosencrans.

CBC presented Megan with a glass Blood Drop Award to mark the 10th annual blood drive as she donated in honor of her father. The former Moraine mayor was a lifetime public servant and blood donor up until his untimely death in a car accident in 2010.

"We knew how important it was to keep this blood drive going, with all the school blood drives cancelling and business blood drives cancelling, the need is greater than ever," said Megan. "We wanted to make sure as many people as possible would still come out and donate, even if I don't get to see them."

Family and friends signed the memorial blood drive registry and donated throughout the morning. Due to social distancing cautions, they had to forego the usual family gathering with cupcakes for all donors in the Donor Café.

"This year we were definitely hoping to celebrate some big milestones, the 10th anniversary, my brother's 50th donation and we were really hoping the Dayton Flyers would way up there in the NCAA tournament," said Megan.  "We're all saving lives and we know that's what's important. We're really hoping eight weeks from now to have another big group out here and really celebrate again."


DAYTON, Ohio - Ohio Sen. Rob Portman gave blood at Community Blood Center Friday, March 27 to encourage Ohioans to support the community blood supply and to assure the public it is safe to donate.

"I've been hearing about the need for more donors because the mobile units that would normally go to a school, normally go to a church, high schools, college campuses, aren't able to do that now," said Portman as he donated. "We need more blood in the blood supply. My hope is that by me coming down and giving blood others will see that and feel comfortable in doing it as well."

Portman previously donated at CBC on Aug. 5, 2019 after the Oregon District shooting. He said giving blood is a positive way to respond to crisis.

"There are so few things can do to respond to this crisis," he said. "This coronavirus is different from what happened in the Oregon District, even 9/11 and really even the financial crisis back in '08 and '09. This is pervasive, it's everywhere and yet a lot of people feel helpless to do something, so giving blood is one way you can contribute."


Blood supply is at a normal level.

March 27 collections: The Dayton CBC Donor Center totaled 109 donors including 78 red cell units and 19 platelet and plasma donors. In mobile activity Kettering Medical Center totaled 59 donors including 13 first-time donors. Total whole blood donors totaled 149 at all locations.

March 28 collections: The Dayton CBC Donor Center totaled 84 donors including 56 red cell units and 12 platelet and plasma donors. In mobile activity Fairhaven Church totaled 102 donors, St. Charles Borromeo Parish 31 donors, and St. Francis of Assisi Church 26 donors. Total whole blood donors totaled 231 at all locations.

Blood Drive Cancellations: 58

Projected Units Lost: 2,400


Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 5: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(CBC will be closed Sunday April 12 - TBA on Sunday schedule to follow).


Week of March 30 Blood Drives

Monday, March 30

Sibcy Cline Realtors - Lebanon 103, Oregonia Road, Lebanon OH 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek OH 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Greenville Grace Church, 4805 State Route 49, Greenville OH 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Milton-Union High School Cancelled.

Urbana High School Cancelled.

Tuesday, March 31

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 415 North Main St., Springboro OH 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Fort Hamilton Hospital, 630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton OH 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Centerville Christian Church, 111 North Morton St., Centerville IN 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Northeastern High School Cancelled.

LCNB National Bank Cancelled.

Wednesday, April 1

New Testament Church of Christ, 752 West Main St., Hagerstown IN 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Village of Enon, 363 East Main St., Enon OH 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Greenville Technology Incorporated Cancelled.

Green Hills Community Cancelled.

University of Dayton Cancelled.

Family Health Service of Darke Co. Cancelled.

Thursday, April 2

Preble County YMCA, 450 Washington Jackson Road, Eaton OH 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Miami East High School Cancelled.

Whirlpool Corp. KitchenAid Division Cancelled.

U.D. Research Institute Cancelled.

Edison State Community College Cancelled.

Mississinawa Valley High School Cancelled

Friday, April 3

Bishop Fenwick High School Cancelled.

Hamilton High School Cancelled.

Seton Catholic High School Cancelled.

Jackson Center High School Cancelled.

Saturday, April 4

Waynesville Masonic Lodge, 1351 Lytle Road, Waynesville OH 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road, Oakwood OH 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5550 Munger Road, Dayton OH 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.