Type O negative and AB plasma at lower than normal levels — donors urged to give now.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the area's provider of blood products to over 40 area hospitals, is experiencing a shortage of all type O negative blood and AB plasma. Donations are needed immediately to ensure that adequate reserve levels are maintained.

On average, a transfusion takes place every seven minutes and around 200 donations are needed each day to meet the area’s blood needs. 

Community members can help by giving blood at CBCO’s blood drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 in Phelps Health located at 1000 W. 10th St. 

At all CBCO blood drives during December, participants will receive a maroon long-sleeved shirt just in time for colder weather.

Each donation will be awarded LifePoints as a part of CBCO’s donor rewards program.  LifePoints may be redeemed online for a variety of gift cards, or points may be assigned to other meaningful causes or charities. More information on the LifePoints donor rewards program may be found at www.cbco.org.

To be eligible to give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and present a valid photo ID.