October 7, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center will host the second "McFriday Blood Drive" of October while facing a continued urgent need of blood types A positive and O positive.

Everyone who registers to donate Friday, Oct. 9 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 South Main St. will receive a $10 Kroger gift card and one free coupon for any McDonald's sandwich. Donors must make an appointment at or call (937) 461-3220.

CBC will continue the $10 Kroger gift card offer through Saturday, Oct. 10 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center. 

Dayton McDonald's Operator Debbie Wright is sponsoring the McFriday Blood Drives with a free McDonald's sandwich coupon for all registered donors every Friday in October at the Dayton CBC.

Nearly 75% of the population is either blood type A positive or O positive.  These blood types are currently in high demand due to excess usage at area hospitals and the impact of the COVID-19 on CBC blood collection.

Donors will also receive the "Wake Up It's Time to Support the Fight" t-shirt honoring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month or can chose the "Wake Up & Give" or "Time to Save a Life" t-shirt from earlier in the "Wake Up & Donate" campaign.

Registered donors will also be automatically entered in the "Wake Up & Donate" drawing to win a custom comfort Sleep Number bed.  The final day to enter the drawing by registering to donate is Oct. 31.

Donors can help CBC protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives. Scheduling appointments throughout the week will help CBC maintain adequate staffing and reduce waiting.


  • CBC continues to see cancelled blood drives and frequent blood shortages. Many businesses and organizations cannot host blood drives due to continued COVID-19 related interruptions.  High schools with remote learning have cancelled blood drives, and high school blood drives still scheduled are at reduced capacity. More than 85% of CBC collections come from mobile blood drives, including 17% from high schools.

  • "Cancer is not cancelled" by COVID-19. Blood component transfusions are vitally important for the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma patients. October is the traditional time to remember that blood products are especially important for those fighting breast cancer and all forms of the disease.

  • CBC is seeking COVID-19 survivors to become "Crisis Warriors" by donating their antibody-rich plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. CCP donors will receive the "COVID-19 Crisis Warrior" t-shirt.  Learn more and register to donate CCP at or call (937) 461-3220.