Photo courtesy Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Facebook page

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is experiencing a shortage of all type O blood products.

Officials say donations are needed immediately to ensure that adequate reserve levels are maintained.

On average, a transfusion takes place every seven minutes and around 200 donations are needed each day to meet the area’s blood needs. You can help by giving blood at any of the following locations

  • Billings 1:00 PM to  5:30 PM, Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Billings High School, 118 W. Mt. Vernon
  • Columbus –  1:00 PM to  5:30 PM, Monday, October 21, 2019, Columbus Community Building, 320 E. Maple·
  • Crocker – 11:00 AM to  4:30 PM, Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Crocker High School, 601 N. Commercial·
  • Exeter – 11:00 AM to  4:00 PM, Monday, October 21, 2019, Exeter High School, 101 Locust Street·
  • Fayetteville – 11:00 AM to  5:00 PM, Monday, October 21, 2019, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, 1100 N. College Ave·
  • Lamar –  1:30 PM to  5:30 PM, Monday, October 21, 2019, Lamar Community Blood Drive, 1208 Walnut Street·
  • Marionville –  9:30 AM to  3:30 PM, Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Marionville High School, 17725 Highway 14·
  • Republic –  8:00 AM to  2:00 PM, Thursday, October 24, 2019, Republic High School, 4370 Repmo Drive·
  • Riverton –  9:30 AM to  2:30 PM, Monday, October 21, 2019, Riverton High School, 7120 SE 70th St·
  • Rogers –  8:30 AM to  2:30 PM, Friday, October 25, 2019, Rogers Heritage High School, 1114 South Fifth Street·
  • Rolla –  8:45 AM to  1:45 PM, Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Rolla Technical Institute, 1304 E. 10th·
  • Seneca –  8:00 AM to  2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Seneca High School, 1110 Neosho Street·
  • West Plains – 10:00 AM to  3:00 PM, Monday, October 21, 2019, Missouri State University, 128 Garfield
  • Willard –  7:30 AM to  1:30 PM, Friday, October 25, 2019, Willard High School, 515 E. Jackson

At all CBCO blood centers during the month of October, participants will receive a CBCO campfire mug. 

There are four CBCO donor centers, including:

Thomson Donor Center, 220 W. Plainview Rd. – Open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm; Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Joplin Donor Center, Northpark Mall – 101 N. Range Line Rd. – Open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Springdale Donor Center, 3503 S. Thompson Rd. – Open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm and Friday from 8 am to 2 pm.

Bentonville Donor Center, 1400 SE Walton Blvd. – Open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm and Friday from 8 am to 2 pm.

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 about sharing your good health with others, please visit our website at www.cbco.org, or call toll-free 1-800-280-5337. Thank you for giving life to your community.