Code Red Alert

Another winter storm prompts Code Red Appeal
Blood supply levels critical on type O negative
Thomson Donor Center extends donation hours for Thursday

Wednesday’s winter storm has prompted more Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) blood drive cancellations, adding to what was already a serious shortage of type O negative blood. As a result, CBCO is announcing a CODE RED EMERGENCY ALERT on type O negative. This alert means there is less than a one-day reserve supply of type O negative blood available for patients at 38 Ozarks area hospitals.

All eligible blood donors, especially type O negative donors, are strongly urged to donate today at a CBCO Donor Center or blood drive. As a result of the Code Red Alert, the Thomson Donor Center is extending donation hours. Please give:

– Thomson Donor Center, 220 W. Plainview Rd. – EXTENDED HOURS – Open today from 9 am to 7 pm
– Reser Donor Center, 2230 S. Glenstone – Open today from 7 am to 1 pm
– Joplin Donor Center, Northpark Mall – Open today from 11 am to 6 pm
– Springdale Donor Center, 3503 S. Thompson – Open today from 11 am to 6 pm
– Bentonville Donor Center, 1400 SE Walton Blvd. – Open today from 11 am to 6 pm

As an added incentive, type O negative donors that give through the end of the week (March 7th) at any CBCO drive or donor center will receive double LifePoints. LifePoints is CBCO’s donor rewards program, offering a variety of gift cards, wearables or opportunities to help other not-for-profit organizations through our online store.

“Since our very first winter storm last month, we’ve had a challenge keeping enough O negative blood on the shelf,” CBCO executive Director Anthony Roberts said. “This is the height of the school blood drive season. We have over a dozen drives scheduled this week alone. School cancellations because of weather cause those scheduled blood drives to be cancelled as well. While schools often reschedule their drives, immediate help is needed to combat reduced supplies in the short term, particularly when it comes to type O negative. We need an immediate response to help ensure that the blood needs for patients at 38 area hospitals are met.”

For up to date information on blood drive cancellations, please visit the CBCO Winter Weather Update online. Eligible donors must be at least sixteen years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.