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Texas County Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will collect blood donations in the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room on the TCMH campus.

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

TCMH and 43 other hospitals located in 40 different counties are served by the CBCO. Approximately 250 units of blood are needed each day. TCMH uses approximately 400 units of blood each year.

Eligible donors can be anyone 16 years old (requires parental consent for first time donor) 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.

All donors will receive a free hoodie for participating.

Additionally, TCMH and CBCO follow current CDC recommendations regarding masks. Appointments are not required, however strongly encouraged to manage donor flow.  To schedule an appointment call CBCO at 417-227-5006 or go to www.cbco.org/donate-blood.

For more information about the blood drive contact Courtney Owens, quality director at TCMH, 417-967-1324 or 866-967-3311. For questions regarding donor eligibility contact the CBCO at 800-280-5337.

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