(Joplin, MO) – Wrap up the year and wrap yourself in a free cozy, plaid blanket when you give blood in December at any Community Blood Center of the Ozarks donor center or mobile blood drive, while supplies last.
As the sole supplier of blood to over 40 hospitals in 40 counties in the Ozarks, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks needs about 200 donations every day to meet local patient needs. Since each blood donation can save up to three lives, one donor can impact the lives of multiple patients. Donors are encouraged to go online or call if they have questions about their eligibility.
“In the winter months and around the holidays, we tend to see a decrease in blood donations,” CBCO Media Relations Representative Michelle Teter said. “But hospital patients who need blood for cancer treatment, trauma, surgeries, and so many other conditions are still depending on those lifesaving blood donations no matter the weather or time of year. And one day, it might be your family member or friend who needs a blood transfusion. With just an hour of your time, you can give the best gift this holiday season, the gift of life.”
Donors can give blood at any mobile blood drive or one of four CBCO donor centers located in Joplin, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Bentonville, Arkansas; or Springdale, Arkansas.
Donors also earn LifePoints, for each donation, which can be redeemed online for gift cards to local partners like Walmart, Bass Pro, and more or points can be donated to help a local charity.
To help avoid wait times, appointments are strongly encouraged. Donors can schedule an appointment online or by calling 417.227.5006.
On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to your community.
About Community Blood Center of the Ozarks:
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is the exclusive provider of blood, plasma, and platelets to patients at 44 area Ozark hospitals in southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas, and southeast Kansas. More than 50,000 donations of blood are required each year to meet the local transfusion needs of our friends and neighbors.
Michelle Teter, Media Relations Representative
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks