St. Brigid hosting blood drive

XENIA — St. Brigid Catholic Church will host a community blood drive 3-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 in the Parish Activity Center, 324 Fairground Road, Xenia.

Community Blood Center is celebrating the season by offering a gift of colorful holiday socks to everyone who registers to donate. Schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The holiday gift socks are part of the “Make it a Holiday to Remember All the Way to Your Jingle Toes” campaign. The holiday socks are green, grey and red with multi-colored Christmas tree bulbs representing blood types. They are one size fits all, and are free to those who register to donate through Dec. 29 at a CBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive.

This holiday season will be especially challenging for maintaining the area blood supply. Donors who miss an appointment to donate are asked to reschedule as soon as possible.

CBC is expanding the opportunity to donate platelets and plasma at select community blood drives. Platelets are the cells that control bleeding while plasma is the fluid that maintains blood pressure. Both are vital for the treatment of cancer, trauma, organ transplant, and burn patients. New platelet donors are in high demand, especially those with blood types A, AB, or B positive. Find out more at or talk to an apheresis specialist at 937-461-3220.

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