Community Blood Center of the Ozarks issues ‘critical appeal’ for negative blood types


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood and plasma to patients at 44 healthcare facilities in the region, is issuing a critical appeal for all negative blood types.

A-negative, B-negative and O-negative blood product supplies are at sub-day levels, according to a press release. Eligible donors are strongly urged to donate immediately.

“CBCO is experiencing shortages of A-negative, B-negative and O-negative blood, with many reserves at less than optimal levels. We are struggling to keep our shelves stocked, and as we are the only blood supplier to area hospitals, a shortage affects us locally,” said CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts. “As schools come to the end of the year, we rely on our local community donors to help keep the blood supply at adequate levels. If you are eligible, we invite you to make a donation. If you’ve never donated before, now is the perfect time to start.

During the month of May, all donors will receive a limited-edition t-shirt and enter weekday raffles for a chance to win a $150 grocery or restaurant gift card. Weekend blood donors will be included in Monday’s draw. All successful donors at any Blood Drive or CBCO Donor Center will be eligible for the award.

Donors can donate at any of the four CBCO Donor Centers located in Springfield, Joplin, Springdale or Bentonville. There are also opportunities to give at mobile blood drives in the Ozarks.

Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule your appointment, call
417-227-5006 or go to https://www.cbco.org/donate-blood/.

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