Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area healthcare facilities, reports a critical shortage of all blood types. The blood needs for area patients have increased, but mobile blood drive cancellations continue. As a result, any mobile blood drives that remain scheduled become vitally important.
CBCO donors provide all the blood for patients at CoxHealth – Branson, all Springfield hospitals as well as dozens more across the region. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, over 280 blood drives have been cancelled or postponed, affecting over 9,000 potential blood donations. Lakes Area residents will have the opportunity to donate at the Blood Drive coming to Branson City Hall on Tuesday, July 28 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Donors will receive a CBCO 25th anniversary throwback T-shirt and a $5.00 gift card redeemable in CBCO’s LifePoints Local online store.
Donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give to maintain social distancing guidelines and improve donor flow. Masks are required at this drive. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Donors can schedule an appointment at www.cbco.org.
On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to your community.