Urgent need for type O negative, B negative and AB negative blood

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is the sole local provider of blood for patients at 41 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.

Supplies of type O negative, B negative and AB negative blood are at VERY low levels  

CBCO strives for area blood reserves to be at around a three-day supply for all blood types.  At the time of this release, the blood center reserves show a less than one-day supply of type O negative, B negative and AB negative blood.  Donors with these types are strongly urged to give this week at a CBCO blood drive or donor center near them.

“Our current shortage is the result of less than normal response from potential donors during an extended period, in this case a few weeks,” CBCO Media Relations Representative Chris Pilgrim said.  “Over the next week, there are ample opportunities for all blood donors to help us erase the shortage, ensuring that area patients continue to get the lifesaving blood they need when they need it.”

You can help by giving blood at this upcoming blood drive:

Cabool

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

1:00 PM to  6:00 PM

Cabool High School

1025 Rogers Avenue

Each donation will be awarded LifePoints as a part of CBCO’s donor rewards program.  LifePoints may be redeemed online for a variety of gift cards, or points may be assigned to other meaningful causes or charities.  More information on the LifePoints donor rewards program may be found at www.cbco.org.

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, please visit our website atwww.cbco.org, or call toll-free 1-800-280-5337. Thank you for giving life to your community.

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