Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, reports a shortage of most 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, as well as dozens more across the region. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, over 350 blood drives have been cancelled or postponed, affecting over 11,000 potential blood donations. Branson area residents will have the opportunity to donate at a blood drive hosted by the American Legion Post 220 and Faith Lutheran Church Life Center at 221 Malone Street in Branson on Monday from 12-6 pm.
Donors will receive a “Mullet Over” T-shirt. This fun sand colored shirt has a cool retro look that is sure to spark conversation.
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/donate-blood.