SIDNEY — Area sponsors will host blood drives in the area with a chance to win the “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two” vacation. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 800-388-GIVE.
Everyone who registers to donate now until July 23rd will receive the new “Whale of a Blood Donor” t-shirt featuring a humpback whale and Alaskan mountain range design. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a custom-designed Alaska vacation for two.
The grand prize includes air travel to Alaska, deluxe accommodations during your week-long stay, and options for a cruise or land travel. The vacation is for the winning donor and a travel companion.
Donors can double their chances of winning by donating early in the summer and becoming eligible to donate again. They will be entered in the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the May 2 through Sept. 3 blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.
Area blood drives include:
• July 13, Emerson Climate Technologies, Sidney, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., employee blood drive
• July 13, Logan County Discovery Center, Bellefontaine, 1 to 4 p.m., community blood drive
• July 14, Emerson Climate Technologies, Sidney noon to 4 p.m., employee blood drive
• July 14, Cargill, Sidney, noon to 4 p.m., employee blood drive
• July 19, Urbana Church of Christ in Christian Union, Urbana, 3 to 7 p.m., community blood drive
• July 25, Chelsea Lukey Memorial, Palazzo, Botkins, 3 to 7 p.m., community blood drive
• July 26, Honda of America, Anna, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., employee blood drive
• July 26, Sidney American Legion, Sidney, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by Altrusa Club of Sidney, community blood drive
• July 27, Honda of America, Anna, 4 to 8 p.m., employee blood drive
The Community Blood Center is honored to recognize these “Donors for Life”:
• 110 donations: Henry Schmidt, Yorkshire
• 100 donations: Michael Monnier, Sidney
• 90 donations: Bill Gariety, Wapakoneta; Anthony Schroeder, Deb Graziano, Sidney
• 70 donations: Richard Romie, Fort Loramie; Brooks Ware, Sidney
• 60 donations: Derek Meyer, Fort Loramie, John Weitzel, Minster; Donald Anderson, Sidney
• 50 donations: Elizabeth Larger, Fort Loramie
• 40 donations: Chris Barhorst, Minster; Anthony J Barhorst, Michelle Seger, Fort Loramie; Jason Hemmert, Sidney
• 30 donations:, A Kay Rose, Russia; Mark Hoelscher, Kathy Barhorst, Fort Loramie, Charlene Echols, Jay Scharenberg, Sidney
• 25 donations: Jeffery Phlipot, Becky Barhorst, Fort Loramie; Stan Egbert, Anna; Mark Shipman, Sidney
• 20 donations: Christine Grillot, Russia; Roger Chaney, Fort Loramie; Teresa Hamaker, Sidney
• 10 donations: Jill Burks, Houston, Connie Muhlenkamp, Michelle Gayer, Minster; Brook Broerman, Andrew Grewe, Gerald Kessler, Vernon Siegel, Jr,,Brook Turner, Fort Loramie; Marilyn Pohman, Russia; David VanHook, Terry Echols, Jane Bice, Katie Huffman, Matt Gibson, Hayley Blanford, Sidney; Courtney Gasson, Jackson Center; Martin Grove, Piqua
• 5 donations: Rebecka Stricker, Julie Braun, Elizabeth Kunkler, Jacob Seger,Patti Kazmaier, Fort Loramie; Kate Cook, Houston; Jean Dolan, Anna; Amanda Shaffer, Jackson Center; Joseph Bodenmiller, Botkins
NEW CHALLENGES TO THE SUMMER BLOOD SUPPLY
The summer of 2016 brings many challenges to maintaining the regional blood supply. High schools are on summer break, and nearly one fourth of all registrations to donate whole blood at CBC come from high school students. Family vacations, travel, and outdoor activities also disrupt donation schedules. In addition, new screening restrictions are impacting the number of people able to donate.
CBC and blood centers across the nation continue to take caution against the Zika virus. Potential donors who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America are deferred from donating for 28 days. The restriction is expected to decrease the number of eligible donors by approximately 2.25 percent.
A change in FDA screening regulations went into effect May 23 to protect the health of donors. A higher hemoglobin level is now required for male donors. The 12.5 grams per deciliter (g/dl) requirement for donating has increased to 13.0 g/dl for males. (The female requirement remains at 12.5 g/dl).
CBC estimates the new hemoglobin requirement, coupled with stricter pulse screening requirements that also took effect May 23, could have an impact of up to six percent in the donor deferral rate.
Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org.