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CBCO Needs Blood Donations to Aid Joplin Tornado Victims

The large number of people injured in Sunday’s tornado in Joplin has resulted in a great demand for blood donations. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks needs donations of blood, particularly O negative, to help replenish supplies and continue to meet the needs of the victims of the tornado that destroyed part of Joplin. Chris Pilgrim is spokesman for the CBCO…

"Our distribution center was called just after the tornado occurred last night and advised to be on standby for some blood that was going to be needed. We did end up shipping several dozen units--around 150 units to be exact--to the area. Some of those units went to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Some of those units went to McHune-Brooks in Carthage where they were taking some of the victims and some of that blood went also to CoxHealth South and St. John's Hospitals in Springfield where some of the victims went as well."

According to Pilgrim, they’ve depleted their supply of O negative. He says donations are badly needed since CBCO is the only supplier of blood to area hospitals…

"37 area hospitals, all the Springfield hospitals, all the Joplin hospitals, nine Northwest Arkansas area hospitals receive their blood from donors to Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and nobody else."

According to Pilgrim, the CBCO’s donor centers have been busy today. He says the outpouring of support has been tremendous.Donor Centers are open extra hours today. The Campbell Donor Center, 220 W. Plainview Rd., and the Reser Donor Center, 2230 S. Glenstone, are open tonight until 6. A blood drive is being held until 7 tonight at Northpark Mall, 101 N. Rangeline Rd. in Joplin.For more information, call the CBCO at 227-5000.