March 2023 Special Events

A graphic showing the promotional items for the Aaron Pearson and Unite Springfield Blood Drives.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is hosting a pair of special blood drives to honor the victims of two tragic events in Springfield, Missouri. CBCO is inviting all eligible Springfield-area donors to share a moment of remembrance and community strength by giving blood at our Springfield donor center.

While supplies last, successful donors will receive:

  • A quarter-zip CBCO pullover
  • A Boots & Badges T-shirt honoring first responders
  • A $10 Fandango movie voucher

📍 220 W. Plainview Road, Springfield

A graphic promoting the Unite Springfield Blood Drive.

Wednesday, March 15
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Unite Springfield Blood Drive will be held on the three-year anniversary of a tragic gas-station shooting in which Springfield police officer Christopher Walsh and three others lost their lives and others were injured.

For each blood donation received during this drive, CBCO will donate $5 to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks – 3/15 Relief Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to the family members of the deceased, injured and others who were directly affected.

A photo of former Springfield police officer Aaron Pearson

Friday, March 17
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CBCO will hold the sixth annual Blood Drive to Honor Aaron Pearson, a Springfield police officer who was shot in the head while on duty in January 2015. Pearson received 20 units of blood from CBCO donors and survived.

Make your appointment now!

Appointments are recommended. Call 417-227-5006 or click the link below to book yours!

Unite Springfield Blood Drive

Blood Drive to Honor Aaron Pearson

Give the gift of life in honor of those who lost theirs.

For every blood, plasma or platelet donation made during the Unite Springfield drive on March 15, the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will donate $5 to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks – 3/15 Relief Fund.

“There are few times communities come closer, or crumble more completely, than the days following a crisis. Even when our world crumbled, I’m proud to be part of a community that joined hands and held us together. With many big and small acts of kindness, we survived our crisis as an extended family and we are forever grateful. As we mark the third year living with this grief, I appreciate how the CBCO gives us a tool to turn tragedy into a moment of connection. The Unite Springfield event reminds us that, even as the world moves forward, we don’t forget those we lost along the way. This event embodies the idea that small acts of kindness can save lives.” — Sheri Walsh, wife of Springfield police officer Christopher Walsh

Your donation makes a difference.

Officer Pearson needed 20 units of blood during an emergency surgery and his subsequent recovery. Thanks to CBCO donors, he’s alive today. You can help someone, just like those donors helped an injured young father, husband and law enforcement officer.

“I like to imagine the donors huddled around Aaron, giving him their blood. I can just imagine him lying there and 20 people circled around him, giving. That’s pretty powerful because they had no idea who he is or where it’s going, but they give anyway.” — Amanda Pearson, wife of Springfield police officer Aaron Pearson