Blood drives at Kickapoo and Republic High Schools on Monday were supposed to help rebuild an already critically low supply of blood in the Ozarks, but with classes canceled because of icy roads, those drives are also called off.
It's forced the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks to issue a Code Red emergency appeal for blood.
The CBCO says blood donations dropped by more than 500 units in January and at the same time, local hospital usage of blood increased sharply.
The center says local blood needs are at their highest level since 2015, thanks in large part to a severe flu season.
"We haven't seen the flu season have this kind of impact in many years," Senior Director of Donor Recruitment, David Montgomery, said. "The blood drive cancellations today represent another 200 unit loss. We urge those who are healthy and able to make it to a CBCO donor center or blood drive to do so this week. In just an hour, you can help save a life."
There are four CBCO Donor Centers in the Ozarks, including Springfield, Joplin, Bentonville, Arkansas, and Springdale, Arkansas.
The donor center in Springfield at Plainview and Campbell will be open 7am-7pm Monday through Thursday of this week, with 7am-1pm hours this Friday only.