Blood drive scheduled Jan. 20 at Ducommun

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the area's exclusive provider of blood and plasma products to patients at more than 40 area hospitals, is experiencing a shortage of type O Negative red cells andABPlasma.Donations are needed immediately to ensure that adequate reserve levels are maintained.

During the month ofJanuary, participants at all CBCO blood drives will receive a maroon long-sleeved shirt just in time for colder weather.

On average, a transfusion takes place every seven minutes and around 200 donations are needed each day to meet the area's blood needs.

A blood drive is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Ducommun Inc., located at 810 Champlin Avenue in Berryville.

CBCO is the sole local provider of blood for patients at more than 40 area hospitals in southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas and southeast Kansas. Sick and injured hospital patients depend on CBCO donors to provide the lifesaving blood they need.

Each donation will be awarded LifePoints as a part of CBCOs 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 1-800-280-5337.

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