Winter Weather Update – February 2021

CBCO declares state of emergency for local blood supply

Winter weather severely limiting donation opportunities outside of fixed site donation centers – most area hospitals already at less than optimum reserve levels currently

Cancellation List:

  • 2/15/21 – CBCO’s Joplin Donor Center inside Northpark Mall
  • 2/15/21 – Camdenton Community Blood Drive, Camdenton, MO
  • 2/15/21 – Ducommun, Joplin, MO
  • 2/15/21 – Lake Regional Hospital – Osage Beach, MO
  • 2/15/21 – Nevada Community Blood Drive, Nevada, MO
  • 2/16/21 – Monett High School, Monett, MO
  • 2/16/21 – Rolla Community Blood Drive, Rolla, MO
  • 2/17/21 – Hurley High School, Hurley, MO
  • 2/17/21 – Joplin Donor Center inside Northpark Mall closes at 4:00 p.m. today
  • 2/17/21 – Mansfield High School, Mansfield, MO
  • 2/17/21 – Verona High School, Verona, MO
  • 2/18/21 – Licking High School, Licking, MO
  • 2/18/21 – Rolla Technical Center – Rolla, MO
  • 2/18/21 – Veterans Healthcare of the Ozarks – Fayetteville, AR
  • 2/19/21 – Willard High School – Willard, MO
  • 2/23/12 – Marshfield High School – Marshfield, MO

If you’re able to travel safely to one of our donor centers, please come donate blood with us. Patients at 44 local hospitals are counting on CBCO for blood, even during bad weather. As of Monday 2/15/21, all CBCO donor centers are open with the exception of Joplin. Click HERE to find a donor center near you.

February 10, 2021 – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood for patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, is declaring a state of emergency regarding the local blood supply. Severe winter weather this week caused almost all mobile blood drives to be cancelled, resulting in the loss of more than 500 potential donations. 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.

Successful donors that give now through February 19, 2021 at CBCO donor centers will receive a $10.00 gift card redeemable through the LifePoints Local donor portal at www.cbco.org. These may be redeemed at Walmart, Bass Pro Shops, Dairy Queen, or Culver’s.

“We usually have an opportunity for our blood reserves to recover after a winter storm, but the long-lasting nature of this winter event is a cause for concern,” CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts said. “We simply cannot withstand an extended period of a severe reduction in blood donations. The outcome could be tragic for area patients if we run out of blood. We need our donors to rally this weekend to help us avert some potentially very negative consequences when it comes to the health of the region.”

Appointments are encouraged but not required. Make your appointment to give online by visiting www.cbco.org/donate-blood/.

On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to your community.