Blood Center Emergency

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is declaring a state of emergency regarding the local blood supply. Severe winter weather this week caused almost all mobile blood drives to be canceled, resulting in the loss of over 500 potential donations. According to CBCO, with more winter weather on the way, including the potential for heavy snow, it is imperative to try to build reserves in advance of anticipated blood drive cancellations next week. Eligible donors are strongly urged to give immediately at a CBCO donor center or blood drive near them. CBCO has announced the Springfield Donor Center will hold an emergency blood drive over the weekend, extending donation hours and increasing staff to accommodate an additional influx of donors. This weekend’s hours for donations at the Springfield center are 7 to 3 on Saturday and 9 to 3 on Sunday. Local donor portal