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(Springfield) – Donors to Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) provide all of the blood for patients at thirty-eight area hospitals. Every five minutes on average, a transfusion takes place. It takes around 250 donations each day to meet the area’s blood needs.

The CBCO will be hosting a number of blood drives in December. They will be at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, from 1-4PM, at Seymour High School from 9 AM-3 PM and the United Methodist Church in Seymour, from 2-7 PM on Monday, December 2.They will also be at the Dairy Shack in Eminence from 1-5 PM, and Norwood High School from 9:30 AM-3 PM on Friday, December 6, and finally at the First Christian Church in West Plains on Thursday, December 5, from 11:30 AM- 5:30 PM.

Each donation will be awarded LifePoints as a part of CBCO’s donor rewards program. LifePoints may be redeemed online for a variety of gift cards or points may be assigned to other meaningful causes or charities.

To be eligible to give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and present a valid photo ID. For more information about sharing your good health with others, please visit their website at www.cbco.org or call toll-free 1-800-280-5337.

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