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OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Ocean City Blood Drive will be held over three days for the first time in its 22-year history at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in order to comply with federal and state COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing.

One thing that has not changed is that Blood Bank of Delmarva and the town of Ocean City, Maryland will celebrate National Blood Donor Month, celebrated each January for the last 50 years.

The three-day Ocean City Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Dockside Hall, Ocean City, MD 21842.

Kristin Simkins donates at the Ocean City Blood Drive held in June 2020.

Delmarva residents will have an immense opportunity to make a difference in their community during this challenging time by registering to give blood at the annual tradition known as the Ocean City Blood Drive.

“Every January for decades the Ocean City blood drive has helped us rebuild the blood supply after the holidays,” BBD Director Donor Recruitment Marie Forrestal said. “The drive this year is even more important as COVID-19 has devastated the blood supply. We are looking forward to seeing donors of all ages at the blood drive.  It truly has always been such a community bonded event which we have expanded to three days for social distancing as we follow all CDC guidelines.”

BBD would like to give special thanks to the Town of Ocean City, the Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Lions Club, long-time blood drive partners, for helping to make the blood drive successful year after year. The blood drive includes an annual presentation of a $500 check from the Ocean City Lions Club while several realtors donate and/or recruit donors.

“The Town of Ocean City is fortunate to be able to provide a blood drive for Ocean City residents and surrounding areas,” Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said. “Is it important now more than ever. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is high. Please consider giving blood, it could save a life!”

In addition to Ocean City and the aforementioned entities, this drive has been supported through the years by the generous, local businesses and merchants that financially sponsor and promote the Ocean City Blood Drive on an annual basis.

To book an appointment and to help us celebrate National Blood Donor Month, please call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit www.delmarvablood.org. Donors are asked to only make an appointment if they are feeling healthy and well, with no cold or flu-like symptoms and no fever. Donors’ temperatures will be taken upon entry to the blood drive, per COVID-19 protocol.