DAYTON, OH - Community Blood Center (CBC) Richmond will host the third annual "Baby Tressel Day" Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Richmond Donor Center, 4450 Garwood Place. The blood drive is in memory of Tressel Meinardi who died from a tragic mistake during heart surgery in 2010. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a special St. Jude Teddy Bear.
CBC is adding warmth to Baby Tressel Day and January National Volunteer Blood Donor Month with the additional gift of a cozy fleece travel blanket to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
The fleece blanket is charcoal grey, about 4 feet wide and 4 ½ feet long, and rolls into a convenient travel size. The blanket roll is held in place by a nylon and Velcro handle flap that features the red CBC blood drop logo. It's free to everyone who registers to donate Monday, Dec. 16 through Saturday, Jan. 25 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.
Baby Tressel was born premature and with a heart condition. He was seven months old when he underwent surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and died five days later. A tremendous outpouring of community compassion and support followed his death. More than 1,500 children's books were donated to Cincinnati Children's at his funeral. A book drive on Richmond's 2011 Day of Caring, held on what would have been Tressel's first birthday, generated 2,000 books for Wayne County elementary students.
The first "Baby Tressel Day" blood drive was held at the Richmond CBC Donor Center on Feb. 15, 2012. Richmond Mayor Sally read a proclamation declaring the memorial drive part of a "Day of Caring" in Richmond, and a symbol of new hope for the Meinardi family.
JANUARY IS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER BLOOD DONOR MONTH
January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and Community Blood Center (CBC) is recognizing all donors and volunteers who support CBC Donor Centers and mobile blood drives in CBC's 15-county region of western Ohio and eastern Indiana. Since 1970 January has been designated as a special month to encourage donors to give blood or make a pledge to donate.
January was established as National Blood Donor Month because maintaining the community blood supply is traditionally a challenge during the winter months. CBC begins the New Year with an ample reserve and is well positioned to reliably provide our partner hospitals with the blood they need.
"CBC blood donors save lives in our region every day," said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman. "We couldn't fulfill our mission without our donors and all the wonderful individuals who coordinate blood drives with our many partner organizations."
Every day hospitals and emergency centers across the country need approximately 39,000 units of blood to treat patients with cancer and other diseases, organ transplant recipients, and accident victims. Type O-negative is the universal blood type, commonly used to treat accident victims, and usually the first to run low.
CBC's goal for 2014 is to register 88,000 blood donors and collect 74,000 pints of blood (not every individual who registers to give blood is able to donate). CBC will also strive to register 7,300 platelet donors in order to collect 9,800 units of platelets.
In round numbers, CBC needs about 300 units of blood and platelets from more than 350 donors each day. It remains CBC's mission and responsibility to recruit these donors and provide the services necessary to complete these goals.
CBC's message in 2014 will be familiar: Blood donors are real life heroes because of the sacrifice they make to save the lives of people they may never know. If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other donor requirements, you may be eligible to donate blood.