FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2020
Contact: Bonnie Pay Bolinger
Senior Administrative Assistant II
Office of the Mayor
Critical Appeal for Blood Donors
Donate Blood on Wednesday September 16
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— The next City-hosted blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) bloodmobile, which will be located on the Fayetteville Square. Everyone who donates will receive a free t-shirt. Masks are required for donors and staff. If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided.
While all of the pre-scheduled donor appointment slots at this event have been taken, the bloodmobile will still be able to accept some walk-ins as well. CBCO has issued a critical appeal for all blood types, so anyone interested in donating is strongly urged to do so, whether at this event or another. To find another blood drive near you, go online to https://www.cbco.org/donate-blood/ and sign up for a donation appointment. Blood donations may also be made at the CBCO donor center in Springdale at 3503 S. Thompson, or at the Bentonville center at 1400 SE Walton Blvd.
Blood reserves are alarmingly low due to very high usage levels in area hospitals and a continued negative impact on donation rates due to COVID-19. Over 300 regularly scheduled blood drives have been cancelled affecting over 10,000 much needed blood donations.
CBCO is the sole provider of blood and plasma to all NWA area hospitals. Local donors are needed to continue to provide for local patients.
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has a QuickPass system that lets you start the registration process before you ever arrive at the blood drive. Access the QuickPass link to complete your health history questions online the day of the blood drive. The QuickPass system will save you time when you arrive at the blood drive and eliminate the need to touch CBCO tablets to complete this information.