Kansas City, MO — Winter storms, frigid temperatures and widespread flu are making it harder for Kansas City to maintain its critical blood supply.

As Community Blood Center (CBC) and area hospitals continue to operate in a state of blood emergency, CBC urges new and existing donors to donate and for businesses and community groups to organize life-saving blood drives in the coming weeks to replenish the community’s blood supply.

CBC’s inventory took a large hit during the height of the holiday season and continues to see a significant drop in donations due to the cold and flu season, and winter weather, including the snow and ice storms that canceled local blood drives over the past 3 weeks.

While donations during the winter months experience an annual lull, this year’s falloff was is significantly sharper than expected. With the holiday season behind us and a new year upon us, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and donate. The entire donation process takes less than an hour, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives.

CBC is calling on donors withall blood types to donate, as the already low O-negative “universal donors” and O-positive blood types are currently covering area hospitals’ urgent demand to help cancer patients, new mothers, and emergency victims who require urgent blood transfusions. CBC requires approximately 580 donors every weekday to meet area hospital needs. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive
Please call Toll Free: 1-888-647-4040
or Visit: savealifenow.org

“The holidays hit blood donations hardest. Coupled with bad weather and the cold and flu season, donor turnout wasn’t as strong as last year around this time,” said Kim Peck, Senior Executive Director for CBC.  “The community is in dire need of life-saving blood, and it’s imperative that more organizations get active in helping out their community by organizing drives in the next few weeks — when we need it most.”

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

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.

Does your company or organization want to give back and save lives? CBC can help chairpersons set up blood drives to prevent major shortages that often follow the holidays. As we approach spring, CBC already faces difficulty maintaining adequate blood supplies to meet area demands.

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 hemoglobin level. To donate, you must be at least 16 years old 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.

About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC)

Community Blood Center serves hospitals in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to over 60 area hospitals — and relies on volunteer donors each day to meet the need for life-saving gifts of blood. CBC operates 365/24/7 to deliver safe, high-quality products to meet transfusion needs for routine care and emergencies.

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Website:  http://www.savealifenow.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cbckc


Contact:
Jennifer Barden
646-676-4486
Jennifer@risaheller.com

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Jennifer Burner Barden
Risa Heller Communications
O: (646) 676-4486
M: (321) 501-6016 
jennifer@risaheller.com