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Winter Storm Impacts Area Blood Supply

Donors, particularly those with 0- and A- blood, are needed

The winter storm cancelled classes in some area schools on days when the CBCO had blood drives scheduled.  Chris Pilgrim is CBCO spokesman...

"We're an organization and an area that depends a great deal during the school year on area high school students blood, and whenever weather causes high schools to shut their doors, sometimes blood drives have to shut their doors as well."

Pilgrim says blood drives were scheduled today in Lebanon and Salem, both of which called off classes due to the snow and ice...

"The represent about 250 donations, which is really about a day's worth of blood, so we're urging people to come into our CBCO donor centers here in Springfield, also in Joplin, to give to help make up for the shortfall."

The two donor centers in Springfield, at the corner of Glenstone and Seminole and at Campbell and Plainview, are open today until 6 and tomorrow from 8 am to 3 pm.  The Joplin Donor Center, inside the North Park Mall, is open today and tomorrow from 11 am to 6 pm. 

Two blood types are particularly needed...

"We had been short this past week on type O- coming out of the holiday season.  We were hoping to build those inventories up, but a day like today just doesn't help.  But we've added another blood type, type A-, to the list of less than a two-day supply level, so O- donors and A- donors especially need to heed this message.  All donors are welcome, once again, to help make up for shortfalls from this winter storm."

The CBCO serves 37 area hospitals in Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas.  To find out more about how you can help, cbco.org.

For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.