XENIA — Greene Memorial Hospital will hold a community blood drive noon-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.
The drive comes during the month when Community Blood Center (CBC) will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the region’s first blood bank. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a special edition “Celebrating 50 Years of Saving Lives” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
The 50th anniversary T-shirt features the “50 Years of Saving Lives” logo on a gold shield with a red and white stripe across a blue background. It’s free to everyone who registers to donate through Sept. 30 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.
A new era in patient care began Sept. 14, 1964 when CBC opened the doors to its new home in the basement of the Fidelity Medical Building in downtown Dayton. Barbara Bartley of Dayton was the first of six donors that day. CBC now supplies blood to 25 partner hospitals in its 15-country region with the standard goal of registering at least 300 donors per day.
CBC is also marking its milestone year with the special “Summer Cruze-In 2014 Blood Drive.” The grand prize Chevrolet Cruze is “champagne silver” as a toast to CBC’s 50th anniversary. Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win the 2014 Chevy Cruze.
CBC has extended its traditional summer blood drive campaign to four months (through Sept. 30) and is also allowing eligible donors to 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.
The blood drive will be in front of the Medical Education Building, 1140 Monroe Drive.