A blood drive is planned in Houston this month.

Texas County Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive this month. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will collect blood donations from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, July 19, in the downstairs meeting room of the hospital.

TCMH receives 100 percent of its blood supply from CBCO. All blood collected by CBCO stays in the area to be utilized by Ozark communities, neighbors and families.

TCMH and 36 other hospitals in this area are served by the CBCO.

Approximately 250 units of blood are needed daily. TCMH uses approximately 500 units annually.

Eligible donors can be anyone 16 years old or older who weighs at least 110 pounds and has not given blood in the last 56 days. All donors must provide identification when registering to donate.

For more information about the blood drive contact Krista Elliott, education director at TCMH, at 417-967-1340 or 866-967-3311, ext. 340. For questions regarding donor eligibility, contact CBCO at 800-280-5337.

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