Friday, December 16, 2011


Darke County – The last week of the year is often the most challenging for the Community Blood Center (CBC). The demand for an ample blood supply just doesn’t take time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day. That’s why CBC is asking donors to make helping save lives their perfect New Year’s resolution, and to remember that “Good Things Come to Those who Give Blood.”

CBC is honoring those who share this most precious gift with the final week of the special holiday edition t-shirt. Now through Saturday, December 31 anyone who registers to donate blood at all CBC branches and most CBC blood drives will receive the “Good Things Come to Those Who Give Blood” t-shirt. The words are in the red and green colors of the season and are arranged to form the shape of a holiday gift box against a white background.

The “Good Things Come to Those Who Give Blood” message is especially important during the busy holiday period. With schools on holiday break, many businesses closed or short-handed, and families vacationing and traveling, it is a challenging time for CBC to keep area hospitals supplied with the blood they demand.

“Please don’t forget us when you make your list of holiday activities and gifts for loved ones,” asks CBC Donor Relations Director Andrew Keelor. “The gift of life you give to a stranger this holiday season could very well be your most generous and wonderful gift of all.”

Even if you are on the go, technology is making it easier and faster to donate. Donors can make an appointment online, or from their smart phone, at
For information about blood drives in Darke County please contact Dana Puterbaugh, Account Representative – Darke County at 937-997-2199 or

On, Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Saint Paul Lutheran Church located at 13495 Greenville-St. Marys Road (Approx. 2-3 miles southeast of North Star) will host a community blood drive from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Appointments Encouraged!

Donors will enjoy homemade soup and a chance to win a Candy Bouquet donated by the Candy Bouquet on Broadway in Greenville.

Also on Thursday, December 29, 2011 Spirit Medical Transport located at 5484 St. Rt. 49, Greenville will host an employee blood drive from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The blood drive is also open to the community by appointment only. Please contact Linda Hartzell for an appointment @ 937-548-2800.

Happy Holidays!

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 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 or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit

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