LEWISBURG — Lewisburg Fire & EMS will sponsor a community blood drive on Monday, Oct. 26 from 3-7 p.m. at the Tri-County North Community Association, 261 East Clay St., Lewisburg to help meet the urgent need for blood in the final week of the “Wake Up and Donate” campaign. Donors must make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or by calling (937) 461-3220.
Donors have until Oct. 31 to register to donate and be automatically entered in the “Wake Up & Donate” drawing to win a Sleep Number bed. They can also choose the “Wake Up It’s Time to Support the Fight” t-shirt honoring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month or a previous t-shirt from the “Wake Up & Donate” campaign.
Demand continues for type O positive blood. It is the most common blood type and usage is consistently high. But the shortage is related specifically to collections limited by smaller blood drives and fewer first-time donors.
October is a vital time to donate:
- CBC challenged by cancelled blood drives and frequent shortages. Many businesses and organizations cannot host blood drives due to COVID-19 restrictions. High schools have cancelled blood drives or are hosting them 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 www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.
Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more, depending on your height), and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 23 hospitals and health centers within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit www.givingblood.org.