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August 24, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Friday, Aug. 28 will be a "Back 2 School Donation Day" at the Dayton Community Blood Center to boost the weekend blood supply and to encourage more community members to donate as the new school year begins with a troubled outlook for high blood drives.

Everyone who registers to donate Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 S. Main St.  will receive a free "COVID Care" pack that includes the new "We Are All In This Together" face mask, a travel bottle of hand sanitizer, 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 depends on Friday blood collections because of fewer blood drives on Saturdays and no blood collections on Sundays. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday was the most popular day for high school blood drives.

The 2020 school year is beginning with many school districts opting for remote learning or limited in-person classes. Schools are putting strict limits on activities, including high school blood drives.

"Nearly all high school blood drives have cancelled because of the uncertainties or they are simply not in school to donate," said CBC Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan. "We no longer have those dependable donors.  Of the schools that haven't cancelled, they have good intentions, but we don't know what will happen."

Last year more than 17 percent of CBC's blood collections came from high school blood drives. A disproportionate 55 percent of CBC's first-time donors came from high school blood drives.

The early closing of school last March cancelled 47 high school blood drives, resulting in 3,615 fewer donors and about 1,400 fewer first-time donors compared to the previous school year.

CBC is encouraging communities to work with their local high schools to sponsor community blood drives where students can participate.  Students can still qualify for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program by registering to donate at community blood drives or the Dayton CBC Donation Center.

CBC asks all community members to help offset the loss of high school blood drives by supporting your community blood drives and donating more often.

CBC is also asking more COVID-19 survivors to consider donating their antibody-rich plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The CBC COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) program is now accepting donors who have tested positive by blood test for COVID-19 antibodies. Learn more and register to donate CCP at or call (937) 461-3220.