Blood drive scheduled Aug. 12 in Berryville

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) has issued a Code Yellow Alert for O Negative, O Positive and A Negative blood types. A Code Yellow Alert means that there is less than a two-day supply of blood for patient use at area hospitals. Donors are urged to give this week at an area blood drive or CBCO donor center.

Donors to CBCO provide all of the blood for patients at 39 area hospitals. On average, a transfusion takes place every seven minutes. It takes around 200 donations each day to meet the area's blood needs.

A blood drive will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Walmart Supercenter in Berryville.

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, visit www.cbco.org, or call toll-free 1-800-280-5337.