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CBC Declares a Winter Blood Emergency

An estimated additional 200 blood drives and 5,000 donations are needed in December and January to meet hospital demand for life-saving blood and to end the blood shortage

Kansas City, MO — Community Blood Center (CBC) has declared a blood shortage and is asking the public to donate life-saving blood to help replenish the winter supply. Businesses and organizations that want to give back to the community are encouraged to host blood drives.

As we enter this holiday season, our community experiences an annual lull in donations due to school breaks, family trips, the cold and flu season, and bad weather. While donations during the winter months traditionally decrease, this year’s falloff was significantly sharper than expected. To meet hospital and patients’ need for blood and blood products, CBC requires approximately 580 donors every weekday. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

CBC is encouraging donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” to give, as their blood can be used in emergencies. But all blood types are needed and welcome! The entire donation process takes less than an hour, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive 
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-753-4040
or Visit: 

“Even as we work twice as hard to recruit donors, participation does slow down — but, unfortunately, the need for blood doesn’t,” said David Graham, Executive Director for CBC. “We are asking the community to step-up and show support. CBC is calling upon companies, organizations, and community groups to help prevent a blood shortage and host winter blood drives.”

Please donate at a blood drive or any of the following CBC donor centers:

  • Kansas City, MO – 4040 Main Street
  • Overland Park, KS – 10568 Metcalf Ave., Times Square Shopping Center
  • Gladstone, MO – 7265 N. Oak Trafficway
  • Blue Springs, MO – 1124 SW US Highway 40
  • Topeka, KS – 6220 SW 29thStreet
  • St. Joseph, MO – 3122 Frederick Avenue

If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please ask someone to donate for you, or consider volunteering at a local blood drive.

Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site, assessing an individual’s temperature, blood pressure, and hematocrit level. To donate, you must be at least 16 years of age (parental consent required for 16-year-olds), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life. Right Here, Right Now in your own community.

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