July 20, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center will host a "Blizzard Blood Drive" Friday, July 24 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 two free Dairy Queen Blizzard coupons 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.

Donors helped improve the blood supply after it fell to critically low levels in early July.  Nearly 200 donors supported the Friday, July 17 "Kings Island Day Blood Drive" at the Dayton CBC.

But COVID-19 concerns continue to suppress normal blood collections and hospital usage remains high. This past weekend alone, nearly 100 units of blood products went to the treatment of gunshot wound victims at three area hospitals.

CBC is encouraging support for the Friday, July 24 "Blizzard Blood Drive" to help maintain the blood supply through another difficult summer weekend. There are fewer mobile blood drives on Friday and Saturday and no collections on Sunday.

CBC continues to limit capacity at blood drives to maintain social distancing and other COVID-19 safeguards.  Many businesses with employees working from home have suspended their bloods drives. Many community blood drives have moved to new locations, leading to missed appointments.

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."