Jan 5, 2013

January is Volunteer Blood Donor Month

DARKE COUNTY--Community Blood Center (CBC) is encouraging donors to launch the New Year by declaring their pride in helping save lives. The special long-sleeve “I Am a Blood Donor” t-shirt is free to all who register to donate during January, National Volunteer Blood Donor month.

The creative white lettered design on the black t-shirt declares “I Am a Heroic, Rock Star, Wonderful, Life Saving Blood Donor.” The long-sleeve t-shirt is the featured donor gift at all CBC branches and most mobile blood drives now through Jan. 26.

CBC joins blood centers across the nation in celebrating January as National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. The “I Am a Blood Donor” campaign theme recognizes donors for their strength of commitment, heroic efforts to help others, and the pride that comes with identifying yourself as a blood donor.

January has been declared National Volunteer Blood Donor Month since 1970. It is the month that presents the most challenges in recruiting people to give blood. Winter weather, holiday schedules, increased cases of cold and flu, and even the winter blues can keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give.

The following area blood drives are open to the community, with appointments encouraged.

Jan. 8: Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Greater Greenville Ministerial Association.

Jan. 14: Faith United Methodist Church, 101 East South Street, Arcanum, 2:30–6:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: Union City City Building Community Room, 105 N. Columbia St., Union City, 2:30–6:30 p.m.

Jan. 18: Franklin Monroe High School, 8691 Oakes Road, Pitsburg, 8:30 a.m. – noon, sponsored by Franklin Monroe High School National Honor Society.

Jan. 21: Versailles K of C Hall, 8440 St. Rt. 47, Versailles, 12:30– 7 p.m., sponsored by Versailles Knights of Columbus.

A new world of communications and service is waiting at the completely redesigned website www.GivingBlood.org. Get fast and complete answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring an education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to www.DonorTime.com. You can also call Dana in Darke County at 937-997-2199.

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