DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Area blood centers are urging donors to finish 2018 on a high note by giving blood this week. Community Blood Center in Dayton is hosting a blood drive this Friday. It’s a small gift but it could have a critical impact. The community blood center is trying to make it as easy as possible to help save a life.
Susan Sowerbrower, a longtime blood donor, says, “I had a sister who passed away of leukemia and a best friend that died of cancer. It’s the right thing.” Giving blood matters to her. She adds, “Knowing that somebody else cared enough to help my loved one made a big difference.”
The Community Blood Center in Dayton is pushing the Miami Valley to make regular blood donation their 2019 New Year’s resolution. Tracy Morgan, director of donor relations, says, “We go to schools and businesses and they’re shut down over the holidays. So normally we have 5-7 blood drives every day, during the holiday week we go down to zero.”
Tracy says the impact is immediate, as is the gratification of doing good work. “When your blood does get used at a hospital you do receive a phone call letting you know that your blood has been used by a local patient.”
Lives are being saved in our communities, by people like Susan, who says, “Make it a part of your schedule. I make sure it’s on my calendar every 8 weeks to get down here and try.”
Susan is one of many recurring heroes, but the CBC is hoping to also attract new donors. Tracy Morgan says, “As people who donated for a very long time are no longer eligible to donate due to health reasons, we need to attract new people to take those places and to make sure we have a stable blood supply.”
More than 50 people have already signed up for Friday’s drive, and plenty of spots are still available.
Susan says, “I keep coming back because it’s the right thing to do. People need blood and I have it to give.”