Winter storm causes shortage of blood donor supplies, blood drive scheduled for Feb. 9 in Fayetteville’s downtown plaza

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

The city will host a blood drive inside the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks “bloodmobile” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the plaza in downtown Fayetteville.

The hope is that eligible blood donors will help replenish blood reserve levels, which fell sharply during last week’s severe winter storm, according to a press release. Officials said more than 500 donations were lost due to canceled drives and closures of donor centers.

The center is the only supplier of blood and plasma to the 44 health establishments in the region.

From CBCO:

Blood consumption in hospitals in the region remains high. January’s transfusion count was the highest in three years. The use of blood does not stop when a major weather event occurs. It takes about 200 donations every day to meet local needs.

Donors will receive a free long-sleeved, quarter-zip sweater as a thank you. Appointments, which are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow, can be made online at

Masks are mandatory and will be provided to those who do not have one.

A QuickPass system is available to start the registration process before arriving at the blood drive. The system will save time and eliminate the need to touch CBCO tablets to complete the necessary information.

» Make an appointment here
» Access the QuickPass system here

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