Every Drop Tells A Story

When you roll up your sleeve to share your good health with someone in need, you begin a unique story that can only be told with your selfless act of giving. Whether it’s the story of what prompted you to begin giving blood, what motivates you to continue, or the story of the patient on the other side … every drop tells a story.  What’s your story?

Joplin Proud Blood Drive Promotes Civic Unity a Decade After a Deadly Storm

May 12, 2021 – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood for patients at all Joplin area hospitals as well as dozens of other area healthcare facilities, will hold the Joplin Proud Blood Drive May 17-21, 2021. The blood drive takes place at CBCO’s Joplin Donor Center, 101 N. Range […]

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CBCO’s Pediatric Donors Help Newborns Like Wyatt

February 2017 — Seven weeks before her baby’s due date, Jamie Matney’s perfect pregnancy took a sudden turn. She awoke at 4:00 a.m., feeling a gush. “I thought my water broke,” she said. But she had suffered a placental abruption, a condition in which the placental lining separates from the uterus. Wyatt was born via […]

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Frequent Blood Donor Becomes a Blood Recipient & Meets Two of His Donors

Sid McConnell, of Niangua, Missouri, has been a frequent blood donor at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks since 2002. In December 2020, he suddenly became a blood recipient when he underwent a quadruple bypass. While in the hospital, Sid noticed the “Thank The Donor” tags and learned how easy it would be to send […]

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Recipient and Mother Express Gratitude for Blood Donors

Following Nixa’s Laila Carpenter receiving blood, she and her mother, Rebecca Malone, completed a few  Thank-The-Donor submissions online. Those submissions made their way back to us at CBCO, and we confidentially forwarded those messages to the individuals who donated the blood Laila had received. Showing gratitude is important to Laila and her mother. “I feel […]

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Daughter’s Transfusion Leads to Family Advocating for Local Blood Donation

Following the birth of Jamie and Adam Swenka’s daughter Joselina, a Cox South nurse came into their room to take the infant’s vital signs. She wasn’t keeping her temperature level. Hospital staff quicky learned the baby was anemic. “It was likely she was losing blood in utero,” Adam said. The next few moments were hectic. […]

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