Number of Cancellations Makes Donating Crucial this Summer

Chances are, if you had the choice between donating blood or going to the movies, you’d choose the latter. In fact, there are probably a plethora of activities you’d rather take part in before participating in a blood drive. But don’t write it off just yet. Here’s why:

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) representatives estimate more than 46 cancellations/holds have been reported in the area this summer due to the devastation in Joplin. This totals to more than 1,400 units of lost blood.

If you make the choice to donate this summer, your blood will not only save lives; it will also help support the community of Joplin in a time when donating blood isn’t as feasible. Every drop counts!

Ozarks Community Hospital will be hosting blood drives on the following dates:

  • OCH of Gravette (Arkansas): Tuesday, July 5 from 8:30am to 12:30pm in the OCH of Gravette Basement (1101 Jackson St.)
  • OCH of Springfield (MO): Thursday, July 7 from 9am to 1pm in the OCH North Conference Room (2828 N. National).

Still a bit unsure? It’s okay! If you haven’t donated before, the prospect of giving blood can be a bit intimidating. Read these 5 myths about donating blood (content courtesy of CBCO):

  1. Myth 1 I can’t give blood because I have seasonal allergies. Allergies, even those that need to be controlled by medication, will not prevent you from donating blood.
  2. Myth 2 I can’t give blood because I had cancer. While some types of cancer may disqualify you from donating, there are many circumstances under which you may donate blood after an appropriate waiting period. Please contact CBCO for more information.
  3. Myth 3 – I can’t give blood because I’m diabetic. Diabetics may donate blood as long as the other medical requirements are met. However, the use of bovine-derived insulin will result in deferral from blood donation.
  4. Myth 4 – I can’t give blood because I’m on medication. In nearly all cases, medications will not disqualify you as a blood donor. As long as you are healthy and the condition is under control, you will very likely be able to donate.
  5. Myth 5 – I can’t give blood because I’m afraid of needles. Most people do feel a bit of nervousness about blood donations. Most also say after their donation that they are sorry they waited so long! Blood donation is a momentary discomfort for the donor that can provide a lifetime of a difference for the patient.

Interested in signing up? Call (417) 874-4523 or email aharp@ochonline.com for more information.

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