Community Blood Center of the Ozarks in desperate need for all types of blood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (News Release) - Winter weather and illness have combined to cause blood donation levels in the Ozarks to drop substantially over the past several weeks.

As a result, reserves of virtually all blood types are in short supply. To avoid a critical blood shortage, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is strongly urging donors to give this week at a drive or donor center near them.

Over the past few weeks, nearly 300 potential donations have been lost due to cancelled blood drives. Other scheduled drives that have taken place have come in well under projected donation levels due to weather and illness.

“We’ve seen a sustained period of drive cancellations and reduced donation levels due to illness and inclement weather,” CBCO Media Relations representative Chris Pilgrim said. “While even a few days of donation difficulties can be overcome, this problem has lingered over the past several weeks. We need an immediate response from healthy donors that are eligible to give. You are needed now. Please help this week if you can.”

There are four CBCO Donor Centers in the region, as well as mobile blood drives all across the area this week. Hours are as follows:

Springfield
220 W. Plainview Rd.
Monday – Friday*
7 am – 7 pm
Joplin
NorthPark Mall
Monday – Friday*
11 am – 6 pm
Bentonville
1400 SE Walton Blvd.
Monday – Thursday
Friday*
11 am – 6 pm
8 am – 2 pm
Springdale
3503 S. Thompson St.
Monday – Thursday
Friday*
11 am – 6 pm
8 am – 2 pm
Blood Drives
Locate a drive near you online at www.cbco.org

CBCO is the sole provider of blood and blood products to over 40 area hospitals. To make an appointment to give, or for more information on how you can give life to your community, go online to www.cbco.org.

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