Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is holding a community blood drive in Rolla after reporting a critical shortage of all blood types on Monday.

The not-for-profit organization said the blood needs for area patients have increased, but mobile blood drive cancellations continue, making any blood drives that remain scheduled vitally important. 

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is the sole provider of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area healthcare facilities. Donors provide all the blood for patients at Phelps Health as well as dozens more across the region. 

According to the organization, since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, over 300 blood drives have been cancelled or postponed, impacting over 10,000 potential blood donations. 

Area residents will have the opportunity to donate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 in First Baptist Church’s ministry room, at 801 N. Cedar St. 

Donors will receive “Extreme Expedition” T-shirt. The latest sage green design has an adventure theme that celebrates both the outdoors and saving lives.

Community Blood Center of Ozarks strongly encourages donors to make an appointment to give to maintain social distancing guidelines and improve donor flow. 

Masks will be required at the Rolla community blood drive. A mask will be provided to residents who do not have one. 

Donors can schedule an appointment at www.cbco.org/donate-blood.