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‘GIVE TOGETHER’ FRIDAY TO MEET DEMAND FOR BLOOD, COVID PLASMA

November 17, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center needs donors of all kinds to strengthen the Thanksgiving blood supply and to help area hospitals meet the overwhelming demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP).  CBC is offering special incentives for all donors who support the Friday, Nov. 20 "Give Together Blood Drive" at the Dayton CBC Donation Center and for COVID-19 survivors who become "Crisis Warriors" by donating plasma.

Everyone who registers to donate Friday, Nov. 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center gets a gift package including a Kroger $10 gift card, a McDonald's sandwich coupon sponsored by Dayton McDonald's owner Debbie Wright, the "Together We Give" face mask, Blood Donor scarf, and a full-size candy bar. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

CBC is making an urgent plea for COVID-19 survivors to donate convalescent plasma. Come to the Dayton CBC Donation Center or any CCP mobile blood drive with proof of a positive COVID-19 test, register to donate CCP at www.GivingBlood.orgor call (937) 461-3220 and receive a $25 Kroger gift card and the "COVID-19 Crisis Warrior" t-shirt.

To expand capacity for convalescent plasma donations CBC is now scheduling CCP donations on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 S. Main St.

"Our hospitals need more than 50 units of CCP per day and that takes at least 20 donors per day," said Diane Wilson, chief operating officer for Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services. "We do not have enough convalescent plasma and the demand is risking. We are calling on you, our local community to meet this need, and the time to help is now."

Area convalescent plasma usage is the highest since CBC launched Ohio's first CCP collection program in early April. CBC remains in critical need of CCP donations in all blood types. CBC is now testing all blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies with the goal of identifying more potential CCP donors.

Potential CCP donors must have tested positive for COVID-19 by the RNA test or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies by blood test and must be completely recovered. Because of the immediate need, CCP donors are now permitted to donate once per week with a maximum of eight donations in three months.

CBC is also seeking sponsors for CCP blood drives, particularly in areas that experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 and have access to qualified CCP donors. Call (937) 461-3220 to learn how to help.