by: Beth Finello, Ozarks First

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, most blood types are in very short supply.  Nearly 300 potential donations have been lost due to canceled blood drives, while other scheduled drives have come in well under projected donation levels.  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.

Most blood types are in short supply.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is the sole local provider of blood for patients at more than 40 area hospitals in southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas and southeast Kansas. Sick and injured hospital patients depend on CBCO donors to provide the lifesaving blood they need.

There are four convenient CBCO donor centers, including:

  • Thomson Donor Center, 220 W. Plainview Rd. – Open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Joplin Donor Center, Northpark Mall – 101 N. Range Line Rd. – Open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm.
  • Springdale Donor Center, 3503 S. Thompson Rd. – Open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm and Friday from 8 am to 2 pm.
  • Bentonville Donor Center, 1400 SE Walton Blvd. – Open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm and Friday from 8 am to 2 pm.

You can help by giving blood at any of these other following locations as well:

  • Aurora – 10:30 AM to  3:30 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect
  • Ava – 11:30 AM to  5:30 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Ava High School, 507 NE 3rd Street
  • Bolivar – 12:00 PM to  6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Southwest Baptist University, 1601 S. Springfield
  • Columbus –  1:00 PM to  5:30 PM, Monday, February 11, 2019, Columbus Community Building, 320 E. Maple
  • Fort Scott –  8:30 AM to  1:30 PM, Monday, February 11, 2019, Fort Scott High School, 1005 S Main
  • Greenfield –  3:00 PM to  6:00 PM, Monday, February 11, 2019, Main Street Baptist Church, 513 Crestview Drive
  • Harrison – 11:00 AM to  4:00 PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Hillcrest Home, 1111 Maplewood Road
  • Monett –  9:00 AM to  3:00 PM, Thursday, February 14, 2019, Cox Monett Hospital, 801 N. Lincoln
  • Ozark –  9:30 AM to  2:30 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, OTC – Richwood Valley, 3369 W. Jackson Street
  • Republic –  8:00 AM to  2:00 PM, Monday, February 11, 2019, Republic High School, 4370 Repmo Drive
  • Rolla –  9:00 AM to  3:00 PM, Thursday, February 14, 2019, Rolla Technical Center, 500 Forum St.
  • Seymour –  8:30 AM to  2:30 PM, Friday, February 15, 2019, Seymour High School, 624 E. Clinton Avenue
  • Springfield –  8:00 AM to  2:00 PM, Thursday, February 14, 2019, Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Building, 3231 S. National
  • Springfield –  8:15 AM to  2:15 PM, Friday, February 15, 2019, Glendale High School, 2727 S. Ingram Mill
  • Springfield – 11:00 AM to  4:30 PM, Thursday, February 14, 2019, Drury University, 900 N. Benton
  • Strafford –  9:00 AM to  3:00 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Strafford High School, 210 McCabe St
  • Urbana –  3:00 PM to  6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Skyline High School, Highway 65

To be eligible to give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and present a valid photo ID.  For more information about sharing your good health with others, you can visit their website at www.cbco.org, or call toll-free 1-800-280-5337.