Blood Driver Series begins Thursday, June 17, at BlaCK OWned™ and blaCk Coffee Lounge


CINCINNATI (June 16, 2021) – Hoxworth Blood Center has partnered with some of Cincinnati’s most beloved Black- and minority-owned businesses and organizations for a series of blood drives that aims to diversify the local blood supply and educate the community on the need for donors.

Upcoming blood drives include:

June 17th – BlaCK OWned™ and blaCk Coffee Lounge

June 20th – The Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio

June 24th – Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

July 31st – Prince Hall Family Blood Drive

Each donor receives an exclusive “We All Bleed The Same” T-shirt designed by BlaCK OWned™!

“We’re so excited to partner with Hoxworth for this blood drive tour,” said Gil Stowers, BlaCK OWned™ business partner. “Giving back to the community has always been the backbone of our brand. We’re hopeful that it will bring the much-needed donors and also awareness about the blood diseases that affect our community the most.”

“Ideally, the blood supply of any given community should resemble the demographics of that community,” added Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson. “Black and Hispanic donors are urgently needed to help patients who require specially-matched transfusions, like sickle cell patients. Having a diverse pool of donors helps ensure that we can meet those needs.”  

Additional partners in the blood drive series includes Cream + Sugar Coffeehouse, Allen Temple AME Church, and Cincy Nice.

To schedule a donation and learn more about the need for minority blood donors, please visit