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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks hopes you’ll give the gift of life this holiday season. It’s holding the 18th Annual Miracle of Giving Blood Drive through December 31st at all CBCO drives and donor centers across the region.
CBCO spokesperson Chris Pilgrim says the reason for the drive is two-fold…
"There is the potential over the Christmas holiday for accidents to increase in frequency. The real reason that we hold drives at this time of the year is that we get a great deal of our participation in our area blood drives from our area high school students and college students. When they're not in session, we have a hard time trying to make up that shortfall, you know, up to 40% of the total blood that's collected comes from area high schools and colleges," he said.
Pilgrim says, to thank those who give during the drive, donors will receive a ceramic campfire mug.
He says, during this season of giving, one of the best gifts a person can give is the gift of life…
"You're giving another Christmas, another holiday perhaps to a person. Also, you know, the fact that it doesn't cost you any money. But it has just a profound impact on the area's health, and it's a good way for you to give back to your community--it's not going to hit you in the pocketbook," he said.
To find out more or to see where blood drives and donor centers are in your area, visit cbco.org.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.