Urgent appeal for type O blood donors

Blood reserves at low levels
Urgent appeal for type O blood donors
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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is making an urgent call for blood donors. CBCO said current reserves of type O-Positive and O-Negative are at critical levels. Less than a one-day reserve is on hand.

CBCO said some donors responded to a critical appeal last week but a larger response is needed. CBCO strives to maintain at least a three-day supply of blood to be ready for any emergency.

CBCO Media Relations Representative Chris Pilgrim said, “We don’t take these measures unless a real shortage exists. We’re trying to build back up our reserves of O-Positive and O-Negative, and we need to significantly increase the donor response to this appeal. Please come in and give. Tell others about our needs. Be an advocate for local hospital patients.”

A CBCO Donor Center is located in Joplin at North Park Mall, 101 N. Rangeline Rd. Open Monday thru Friday 11 am to 6 pm.

Donors may also go online to www.cbco.org to find a mobile blood drive near them.

Springfield – 220 W. Plainview Rd. Open Monday thru Friday 8 am to 6 pm. Open Saturday 7 am to 1 pm. Open Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.
Joplin – North Park Mall – 101 N. Rangeline Rd. Open Monday thru Friday 11 am to 6 pm.
Bentonville – 1400 SE Walton Blvd. Open Monday thru Thursday 11 am to 6 pm. Open Friday 8 am to 2 pm.
Springdale – 3503 S. Thompson Rd. Open Monday – Thursday 11 am to 6 pm. Open Friday 8 am to 2 pm.

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