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CBCO Declares State Of Emergency As The Blood Supply Dwindles

Sarah Mae

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has lost so many donations this week due to weather, that it has declared a state of emergency.  And next week’s weather isn’t looking much better, which will likely lead to more blood drives being canceled.

The CBCO is holding an emergency blood drive over the weekend with extended donation hours and extra staff.  The CBCO Springfield Donor Center, 220 W. Plainview Rd., will be open Saturday, February 13, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, February 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who give through Monday, February 15, will receive a $10 gift card redeemable through the LifePoints Local Donor Portal at  Donors over the weekend will also be eligible to win one of two $500 gift cards.

In a news release, CBCO executive director, Anthony Roberts, said that after a winter storm blood reserves usually have time to recover, but this winter event is long-lasting.  “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,” he said.

Appointments are encouraged if you plan to give blood this weekend, but they aren’t required.  Find out more at

The CBCO is the exclusive provider of blood for patients at 44 area healthcare facilities.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.