December 2020 – January 2021

Here’s what’s going on at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks during December 2020 and January 2021, Lifesavers!

Give blood. Win a car.

We’re so excited to announce our first-ever DRIVE 2 SAVE LIVES Blood Drive! Donate blood at any CBCO donor center or mobile blood drive during December 2020 – January 2021 and your name will go into a drawing. One lucky donor will drive away in a 2020 Nissan Kicks provided by Youngblood Kia Nissan in Springfield, Missouri. For more information about DRIVE 2 SAVE LIVES, please click HERE.

Kick-off event for Drive 2 Save Lives happens Monday, November 30, 2020 at Youngblood Auto. Our Blood Vessel will be there from noon until 6:00 p.m. One donor from this event will be our very first finalist in the drawing to win the 2020 Nissan Kicks. Make your appointment by clicking HERE.

Current Gift for Donors

We want you to GET YOUR KICKS when you donate blood at any CBCO donor center or mobile blood drive during December 2020 and January 2021. All successful donors at CBCO’s four donor centers and mobile blood drives will receive a fun long-sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last).

Miracle of Giving

Our annual Miracle of Giving event takes place this year on December 24 and December 31 at our four donor centers. In addition to receiving our exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last) and an entry in the Drive 2 Save Lives car giveaway, donors will receive a brand new mug design and a $5 fuel card.

December & January LifePoints Lift Partner Agencies

December is Salvation Army month at CBCO! If you’d like to give your CBCO LifePoints rewards to the Salvation Army, we’ll convert those LifePoints to cash and send it their way to be used to help further their mission. Want to learn more about this organization? Click HERE.

During January, we take a break from teaming with a LifePoints Lift partner agency because January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month!

January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

Each year, we hold a banquet to honor our Hall of Fame members, and the newest class of inductees is added to the group. This banquet had to be canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

We decided to honor our Hall of Fame members by featuring many of you on social media. Although we appreciate each donor more than you could ever know, we can’t highlight every Hall of Fame member. We can, however, highlight several of you during January 2021. Be sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss anyone. (We’re @OzarksBlood on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.) In addition, we’re launching a new page on our website featuring the names of all members of our Hall of Fame.

History of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

On December 31, 1969, President Richard Nixon signed Proclamation 3952, designating the month of January as National Volunteer Blood Donor month. In that proclamation, the president wrote, “Genuine concern for his fellow man has always distinguished the American citizen. That concern finds daily expression in countless acts of voluntary service to the less fortunate, the sick, and the injured. No manifestation of this generosity of spirit is more expressive, and no gift more priceless in time of personal crisis, than the donation of one’s blood. The voluntary blood donor truly gives life itself.”

The month of January is an appropriate time to observe this important national event. First, it is traditionally a month of significant need. Elective surgeries are often postponed during the busy holiday season and scheduled during the month of January. As a result, the need for blood donation increases in the first full winter month. In addition, it’s a time for declaring resolutions for change in our lives. What better resolution than to donate blood every season – making a lifesaving difference for others?

Why Donate with CBCO?

Because local patients need blood and blood products. CBCO is the sole provider of blood and blood products at more than 40 hospitals in southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas, and southeast Kansas. Curious about which hospitals rely on CBCO? Click HERE to see a list.

Schedule Your Appointment

To reserve your spot at one of our donor centers, click HERE and then click “Schedule Now” to the right of your favorite donor center’s information.

About CBCO

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, founded in 1995, is currently the sole provider of blood and blood products for 40+ hospitals located in 39 counties across three states — southwest Missouri, northwest Arkansas, and southeast Kansas. More than 65,000 donations of blood are required each year to meet the transfusion needs of our friends and neighbors. We at CBCO take the responsibility of providing that blood very seriously.