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  • Blood supply improves but donations still needed

  • Area remains at Code Yellow Alert levels for all blood types. A blood drive will be held Monday in Climax Springs.
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  • A strong community response to last week's Code Red Alert for blood donations has helped rebuild the supply at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks in the aftermath of severe winter weather last week. As a result, the organization's first Code Red Alert in almost three years has been downgraded to a Code Yellow Alert for all blood types.
    "Although we are not yet back to normal inventory levels, the situation has improved enough to lift the emergency appeal," CBCO Marketing Manager Chris Pilgrim said. "All blood types are still at less than a two-day supply, so we're asking eligible donors to give this week to help build the supply to optimum three-day levels."
    Executive director, Don Thomson credited area donors for helping avoid a crisis last week. "Donors responded in record time to our appeal for donations. It's truly an inspiration to witness the community support. Most of the donations given last week are already on the shelf at local hospitals and many have already helped save a life. We're grateful for the response and relieved to see the weather forecast will allow donors to continue to give blood this week."
    A blood drive for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at the Climax Springs High School, 119 Nort Drive, Climax Springs.
    Eligible donors must be at least sixteen years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. For more information or to locate a blood drive near you, visit the CBCO web site at www.cbco.org or call 1-800-280-5337.
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