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Carthage Missouri - Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Issues Critical Appeal for ALL Blood Types 21 June 2022 ( news )
Carthage , state Missouri ( By Press Release office)
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June 20 , 2022 – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks ( CBCO ) , the exclusive supplier of blood , platelets , and plasma to patients at 44 area healthcare facilities , is issuing a critical appeal for ALL blood types . Blood reserves are low , with less than a two - day supply available . Eligible donors are asked to give immediately at a Community Blood Center of the Ozarks blood drive or donor center .
While many have had to deal with nationwide shortages of everything from toilet paper to formula due to various factors , a community blood shortage is not the same . “While people are used to having to find alternatives to products that are in short supply , we cannot do the same with blood . There is no alternative , ” Anthony Roberts , Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Executive Director said . “And the great news is that there is a plentiful supply of blood in our area . We just need people to share it . ” Roberts went on to point out how easy it is to donate blood . “It only takes about an hour out of your day to be someone’s hero and we are counting on our community heroes to step up and make a difference for our local patients . ”
CBCO reports that much of the shortage has to do with the time of year and some lingering effects of the pandemic . “We are in the time of year where we lose the opportunity to work with schools and colleges , so we have to count on other groups to help support the blood supply during the summer , ” Roberts said . “We are also seeing many businesses calling employees back from working at home but not yet allowing blood drives at their facilities . Most people are willing to donate when there’s a convenient opportunity whether at work , church , or school but those opportunities aren’t as plentiful as in the pre - pandemic world . ” So CBCO is asking those in the community to find a nearby location by going to their website where they can locate a nearby donor center or mobile blood drive .
Area hospitals are also asking those in the community to make the time to give blood . “An adequate supply of blood is critical for any hospital throughout the year , but especially in the summer , ” said Paula Baker , Freeman Health System President , and Chief Executive Officer . “Our patients depend on us for care , and we depend on Community Blood Center of the Ozarks for blood products to help us save lives . We encourage everyone to donate . ”
Donors can give at one of four CBCO donor centers located in Springfield , Mo , Joplin , Mo . , Springdale , Ark . , or Bentonville , Ark . There are also opportunities to give at mobile blood drives across the Ozarks .
Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow . To schedule your appointment call
417 - 227 - 5006 or go to https://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 .
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