KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Community Blood Center (CBC) has issued an urgent need for donations as the local blood supply drops, leaving some blood types at less than a week’s supply. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a minimum seven-day inventory of ALL blood types must be continually replenished. At this time, the need for O-/+ and B- blood types is of particular urgency.

“Blood centers nation-wide are feeling the impact of the drop in donations and CBC is feeling it too,” said Kim Peck, Executive Director of CBC. “We are urging 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.”

After maintaining a healthy blood supply for the majority of the summer, CBC’s inventory has reached a level of urgency. Community members are encouraged to find time to donate blood at one of CBC’s seven donor centers or at a convenient mobile blood drive. Additionally, companies, organizations, and community groups are encouraged to host blood drives this summer in an effort to restore the blood supply to safe levels.  

In the Kansas City area, one in three people will need blood at some point in their life and nearly one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion. This means, nearly 600 donations are needed every day to meet hospital demand, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished. In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community.

For more information regarding 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.