Rolla area residents will have the opportunity to donate Monday, May 11.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area healthcare facilities, reports that reserves of most blood types are at less than normal levels. Blood donors are urged to keep a regular schedule of giving for these levels to maintain a strong supply for local patients.

Most of the organization’s mobile blood drives for the month of May have been cancelled or postponed. Those cancellations represent the loss of over 2,000 potential donations. Some blood drives remain, and with potential shortages looming, these drives are crucial to meet local patient needs. 

Rolla area residents will have the opportunity to donate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 11 in First Baptist Church at 801 N. Cedar St. 

Donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. To make an online appointment for this drive, go to https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/125158. CBCO will also continue to focus on getting blood donors to make an appointment to give at donor center locations in Springfield, Joplin, Bentonville and Springdale.  Donors may make that appointment online at https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/centers.

“While blood donors have done a great job giving at our donor centers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is expected to increase this month,” CBCO Media Relations Representative Chris Pilgrim said. “It is vitally important for donors in other areas to give when the opportunity arises. Since CBCO is the sole local blood provider for hospitals like Phelps Health, this blood drive in Rolla is an excellent opportunity to help your friends and neighbors in need.”

On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to your community.