Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood for patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, is issuing a critical appeal for all blood types. Reserves are alarmingly low, due to very high usage levels in area hospitals and a continued negative impact on donation rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible donors are urged to give immediately to avoid a shortage as we head into a holiday weekend.
Several Blood Drives are scheduled in the region including today’s Harrison Community Blood Drive at the First Christian Church from 12-6 pm along with the Faith Day of Caring Blood Drive at Faith Community Health in Branson as well as a drive at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, both scheduled for next Tuesday December 1st.
A resurgence in the intensity of COVID-19 cases has caused several blood drive cancellations or postponements, affecting hundreds of anticipated donations. “We continue to be challenged by the redevelopment of sickness due to COVID-19,” CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts said. “When you combine blood drive cancellations with an upcoming holiday weekend, it is a real cause for concern. There are some opportunities to give remaining for the first part of the week, I strongly urge eligible blood donors to open their hearts by giving during this critical time.”
Special hours at CBCO Donor Centers this week, with a promotional event on Wednesday
CBCO Donor Centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, November 27, CBCO’s Springfield Donor Center will be open for apheresis appointments only. All other CBCO Donor Centers will be closed on Friday. On Wednesday, November 25, donors are invited to give during the “Mullets, Mugs and Mario” Blood Drive. The drive will be held at all CBCO Donor Centers, with special operating hours:
Springfield, Springdale, and Bentonville Donor Centers – Wed., November 25
Open 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Joplin Donor Center
Wed., November 25
Open 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Successful donors during the event Wednesday will receive the now iconic “Mullet Over” T-shirt as well as a CBCO campfire mug. All donors will get a chance at winning a Nintendo Switch gaming system including a Super Mario 3D All-Stars game.
There are also some remaining blood drives in and around the CBCO service area. To find a blood drive coming to your region, go to www.cbco.org/donate-blood/.
On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to your community.