Ozarks area blood provider working to meet patient needs - calling for eligible donors to give immediately

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the provider of all blood products to patients at 38 area hospitals, is calling for all eligible donors to give blood as soon as possible.
The blood supply declined sharply in June and has not rebounded since. Summer is traditionally a difficult time of the year for maintaining the blood supply due to vacations and school break. The need for blood, however, remains relatively constant throughout the year. Officials at the blood center point out that donors can give blood every eight weeks and summer is an important time to do so.
"Keeping up with patient needs this summer has been a real challenge," CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson said. "I've been in blood banking for almost 30 years, and I've never seen some of what we're seeing this summer. Even the most common blood types, A Positive and O Positive, have been scarce for many weeks. That's something we've just not seen in the past. Giving blood always makes a profound difference in the life of others. Donors can make an even bigger impact by responding during this critical shortage."
Donors are strongly urged to give now. A single blood donation can save the lives of up to three people.
CBCO operates five area donor centers and has up to a dozen blood drives each day throughout the Ozarks region. To find an upcoming drive, donation center or to schedule a blood drive, go to www.cbco.org.
Lake Regional Health System is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at 54 Hospital Drive in Osage Beach.
Another upcoming drive will be hosted by the Camdenton United Methodist Church. It will be held from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. The church is located at 340 W. Highway 54.
The Shrine of St. Patrick Catholic Church will also be hosting an upcoming blood drive. It will be held from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the church at 176 Marian Drive in Laurie.
Each donation at these drives will be awarded 1,000 LifePoints, which is CBCO's new donor rewards program.
LifePoints offers some great gifts to donors and is a great way to say thank you for your dedication. More information on the LifePoints donor rewards program may also be found online at www.cbco.org.