KANSAS CITY, MO, April 22, 2019 – Community Blood Center (CBC) has declared a blood emergency for the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The organization is asking the community to donate blood immediately to help replenish the blood supply for more than 60 hospitals throughout the area including Kansas City, eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of ALL blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are well below that minimum. Of particular urgency is the need for Oand B- blood types. Having barely recovered from a difficult winter, supplies continue to suffer due to low donations and an overall declining donor base in the Greater Kansas City area. These low levels are particularly dangerous leading into summer months, when people are less likely to donate blood as schools go on summer break and families take vacations.

“While blood donations tend to slow down in the summer months, the need does not,” said Kim Peck, Executive Director of CBC. “Right now, supplies are low and we need all those who are able to donate and help ensure that every patient and hospital has access to life-saving blood when they need it.”

Community members are encouraged to find time to donate blood at a CBC donor center or convenient mobile blood drive. Additionally, companies, organizations, and community groups are encouraged to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood stock supply.

In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

For more information on our donor centers and mobile blood drives or how to set up your own drive, visit www.savealifenow.org or call 1-877-468-6844.

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About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC): Community Blood Center, now part of the NYBC family, serves hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to approximately 65 area hospitals – and calls upon about 580 donors each day to meet the need for a life-saving gift of blood. The blood center makes timely deliveries of safe, high-quality products to meet transfusion needs, for routine care and emergencies. Website: http://www.savealifenow.org/