by: Scott McCaulley
A call has been sent out by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks asking for donations of blood, especially O Negative Blood Type.
“The winter is always a challenging season in terms of blood donations,” CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts said in a press release. “We’ve been unfortunate with some of the weather we’ve been having lately. It’s also been a very severe cold and flu season, which has hampered donations. If you are feeling well and healthy, please consider helping us increase these blood reserve levels at your next opportunity.”
On average, a transfusion takes place every seven minutes and around 200 donations are needed each day to meet the area’s blood needs.
To be eligible to give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and present a valid photo ID.
CBCO also states in the press release that during the month of February, donors will receive a free blue “Rewind” t-shirt; a retro look back on your favorite cassette mix tapes of the past.
For more information go to www.cbco.org, or call toll-free 1-800-280-5337.