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April 12, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Give the spring blood supply a needed boost by donating at the "Fast Food Friday" blood drive Friday, April 16 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton Community Blood Center, 349 South Main St.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive a McDonald's $5 gift card, plus the spring "Stop Waiting, Start Giving" t-shirt. Appointments are required.  Schedule online at or call (937) 461-3220.

CBC has declared 2021 "Blood Donor Year" because the necessary COVID-19 restrictions that continue to impact the blood supply are now combined with the traditional challenges that come with the gradual return of pre-pandemic activities.

Donor registrations have fallen 46% at the Dayton CBC since Easter and whole blood donations dropped 53%. Area hospitals also reported high usage over the April 10-11 weekend.

Traditional seasonal challenges to donor recruitment include the disruptions of spring vacations, out-of-town travel, and increased outdoor activities. The goal for the "Fast Food Friday" blood drive is a minimum of 100 whole blood donors with an emphasis on type O donors.

CBC has ended collection of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma and is no longer testing all donors for COVID-19 antibodies. CBC is encouraging former CCP donors and others to consider donating whole blood, double red blood cells, or platelets. Call (937) 461-3220 for more information on what donation may be best for you.