Community Blood Center to host several Clark County drives in January

The Community Blood Center will host several blood drives in Clark County during January National and Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month.

Donors get free testing for COVID-19 antibodies and a “Team Donor” long-sleeve T-shirt, which is free when you register to donate during January, according to a release from the CBC.

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The blood drives include:

  • Springfield Family YMCA, 300 S. Limestone St. in Springfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8
  • Maiden Lane Church of God, 1201 Maiden Lane in Springfield, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11.
  • COhatch The Market, 101 S. Fountain Ave. in Springfield, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
  • Plattsburg United Church of Christ, 1715 S. Urbana-Lisbon Road in South Charleston, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The traditional challenges of winter during the month of January are more severe this year due to the coronavirus, which resulted in multiple businesses and high school blood drive cancellations and those that have remained on schedule are operating at reduced capacity, the CBC stated.

To make an appointment, visit www.donortime.com or call 937-461-3220.

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The rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations has also created a demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for treatment of critically ill coronavirus patients, the CBC stated. Those that register to donate plasma will receive a $25 Kroger gift card and the “Support the Fight Against COVID – Donate Convalescent Plasma” t-shirt. First time donors must have proof of a positive test and can register at www.givingglood.org or call 937-461-3220.

The blood donation requirements include: to provide a photo ID that includes their full name; past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card; be at least 17 years of age or 16 years old with parental consent (the form is available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC brand and blood drive locations); weight a minimum of 110 pounds, but you may have to weigh more depending on your height; and be in good physical health.

Separate from Community Blood Center events, Clark County Veterans will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 27. The blood drive will be held at the American Red Cross - Springfield Training Room, 1830 N. Limestone St. in Springfield.

To schedule an appoint call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org. The sponsor code is CCVeterans.

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