College to Host January Blood Drive

January 20, 2015

Donors Will Receive Gift of Knit Cap

Wilmington College is partnering with Community Blood Center (CBC) in hosting a blood drive Monday (Jan. 26), from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelley Center on College St.

The blood drive comes during January National Blood Donor Month and CBC is celebrating with a special gift to help donors keep warm this winter. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a “Blood Drop Beanie” knit hat. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

The navy knit beanie is one-size-fits-all and features the red CBC blood drop logo.  It’s free to everyone who registers to donate Monday, Jan. 5 through Saturday, Jan. 31 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

January National Blood Donor Month is an added opportunity for CBC to honor the donors, volunteers and staff members who have contributed to its “50 Years of Saving Lives” legacy.

CBC celebrated its golden anniversary in 2014, marking 50 years since the Dayton region’s first centralized blood bank opened its doors on Sept. 14, 1964.  The tradition of a “National Blood Donor Month” began in 1970 with January designated as a special month to encourage donors to give blood or make a pledge to donate.

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness.  January can be an especially difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations.  CBC begins the New Year with an ample reserve and careful blood collection planning in place to reliably provide the blood and blood products needed to our 25 partner hospitals in CBC’s 15-county service area.