July 1, 2022

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio - JD's Old Fashioned Frozen Custard is celebrating its 25th summer as a favorite place in Englewood to beat the heat.  JD's also marked its 17th year of helping avoid a holiday blood shortage with the "Give a Pint, Get a Pint Blood Drive" June 30 at Fairview Brethren in Christ Church.

"Give a Pint, Get a Pint" began with the goal of boosting the blood supply before the challenging July 4th holiday. The need is great this year with Community Blood Center facing a low supply of type O.

The pint swap worked again, with the blood drive totaling 100 donors, including 92 whole blood donors plus eight platelet and plasma donors for 115% of collection goal.

JD's owner Cindy Gress gives coupons for a free pint of custard to all registered donors and also gives a pint of blood. She made her 36th lifetime donation Thursday.

"It's a long time," said Cindy. "We're glad we're still doing it! It's our 25th summer and we're excited about that because not many 'mom and pop' businesses are fortunate to last this long."  

JD's began co-hosting the blood drive with neighboring Fairview Brethren to accommodate more donors and the partnership proved especially valuable during the pandemic. Now the entire blood drive is at Fairview, one of 12 the church hosts every year.

"We started it for overflow, and here we are every month," said Senior Pastor Mark Ballard, who is also a regular donor at the blood drives.  He donated plasma Thursday for his 207th lifetime donation.

The blood drive included drawings for Dayton Dragons tickets and other giveaways, plus a hotdog cook-out hosted by Fairview Brethren volunteers.

Judy Minton form Union joined the church six months ago, learned about the blood drive and made her first lifetime donation Thursday.

Englewood donor Fredrick Warner won Dragons tickets, as so did Northmont High School senior Emma Kautz.

Phillipsburg donor Gina Gascho had a hotdog at the cook-out and said, "I've never been to the JD's blood drive before, but JD's? Yea!"

"I like seeing it crowded like this," said donor Amanda Adams. "It's the most people I've seen since I've been coming here."

As usual, the promise of free custard worked its charm with donors.

"That's my favorite place," said Englewood donor Greg Doerflein, who made his milestone 70th donation. "I'll get a free pint and I'll probably buy two others!"