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January 20, 2014

Blood supply improves, but donations still needed

JOPLIN, Mo. — A strong response to a recent Code Red Alert for blood donations has helped rebuild the supply at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks after the severe winter weather two weeks ago.

The organization’s first Code Red Alert since the Joplin tornado in May 2011 has been downgraded to a Code Yellow Alert for all blood types.

“Although we are not yet back to normal inventory levels, the situation has improved enough to lift the emergency appeal,” CBCO Marketing Manager Chris Pilgrim said.

All blood types are still at less than a two-day supply. Pilgrim is asking eligible donors to give this week to help build the supply to optimum three-day levels.

“Donors responded in record time to our appeal for donations,’’ said Don Thomson, executive director of the CBCO. “It’s truly an inspiration to witness the community support. Most of the donations given last week are already on the shelf at local hospitals and many have already helped save a life.’’

It takes about 250 donations each day to meet the region’s blood needs at 38 area hospitals

Blood donations will be accepted at three sites this week.

On Wednesday, hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Arvest Bank, 3201 McClelland Boulevard, Joplin.

On Thursday, hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at East Newton High School, 22876 E. Highway 86, Granby.

On Friday, hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sarcoxie High School, 101 S. 17th St.

Donations also are accepted at the Joplin Donor Center inside the main entrance to Northpark Mall, 101 N. Range Line Road. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Eligible donors must be at least age 16, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and present a valid photo identification. Details: www.cbco.org or 1-800-280-5337.

 

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