Blood Drive At CMH Jan. 9
For the first time since May 2011, officials at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) are issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations. Blood inventories are critically low due to bad weather conditions in December and January as well as the holiday season.
According to CBCO, Rh-negative supplies are nearly depleted. The need for O-negative, B-negative, and A-negative blood types is severe for the 38 hospitals the CBCO serves.
One blood donation could save up to three lives. The American Red Cross puts it like this: If a person began to donate blood at 17 years old, and gave blood every 56 days (the maximum allowed) until he or she reached the age of 76, that person would have donated 48 gallons of blood. This means they may have saved up to 1,000 people in their lifetime.
If you are at least 16 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and are in good health, you may be eligible to donate blood. Eligible blood donors are urged to give immediately.
Citizens Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 9, in the CMH Community Rooms, located at 1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar. If you are unable to go to the blood drive at CMH, donors can also go to the following centers operated by CBCO:
Campbell Donor Center
220 W. Plainview Rd.
Springfield, MO 65810
Reser Donor Center
2230 S. Glenstone Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804
For more information, visit the CBCO website at www.cbco.org or call 1-800-280-5337.
January 08, 2014