August 31, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Honor all workers this Labor Day and help boost the holiday weekend blood supply by donating at the "Essential Hero Blood Drive" Friday, Sept. 4 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton Community Blood Center, 349 S. Main St. 

Everyone who registers to donate will receive a Kroger $10 gift card, plus the new "We Are All In This Together" face mask 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.

CBC has a critical need for donors entering the holiday weekend because there is a limited number of mobile blood drives scheduled Friday and Saturday and no blood collections on Sunday and Labor Day Monday.

CBC enters the fall season with one-third of the September blood drive schedule cancelled. Many businesses and organizations have suspended their fall blood drives due to continued COVID-19 related interruptions to their normal operations.

Friday is traditionally the biggest day of the week for high school blood drives, but that has changed with the COVID-19 pandemic.

High schools that began the year with remote learning or limited in-person classes have cancelled their CBC blood drives. The high school blood drives still scheduled have reduced capacity and could eventually be cancelled.  CBC is projecting a loss of 2,000 units from high school blood drives alone.

"Holding blood drives and donating blood were considered essential activities during the height of the pandemic," said CBC Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan. "The impact of COVID-19 on our lives continues and the essential need for blood has not changed. We are counting on 'essential heroes' to keep the blood supply strong during this Labor Day weekend and to help us meet the challenges of the fall."