Three ’ Get on Board’ blood drives planned


PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County YMCA will host a blood drive Thursday, July 9 from 3:30- 7:30 p.m. at 450 Washington Jackson Road, Eaton.

North Central Rescue in Eldorado will sponsor a blood drive Monday, July 13, from 4-7 p.m. and the Community Blood Center (CBC) Bloodmobile will be at the Eldorado AMVETS Post 726, 340 West Mill St.

The West Alexandria EMS will host a blood drive Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m.-noon in the meeting room and bay, at 8 Marty Lane.

Everyone who registers to donate at these three drives will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an expense-paid deluxe Hawaii vacation for two.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The grand prize includes air travel and deluxe accommodations for eight nights at two island locations. All taxes, fees and meals are included. The vacation package also includes pre-paid activities and sight-seeing excursions, plus all ground transportation.

Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

Anyone who registers to donate through Saturday, July 25 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive CBC’s second special-edition, Hawaiian surf board design t-shirt of the summer. The “Donor Surf Co.” t-shirt is bright blue with a colorful surfboard and island floral design, plus the CBC blood drop and the slogan “Drop In, Lei Back, & Donate.”

Maintaining the blood supply can be challenging during the July 4th holiday period and the summer months in general due to vacation travel and other changes in schedules. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. The CBC especially encourages the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Blood donation requirements

Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1-800-388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.

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