The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Fordland High School, 1248 School St., Fordland.

A combination of severe winter weather and a busier than normal flu season resulted in a severe drop in the donation levels at area blood drives earlier this month. The drop in donations prompted a rare “Code Red” emergency appeal for the CBCO service region. Many blood donors heard the message and gave blood to try to build blood reserves to safe levels. Although progress has been made, reserves are still at less than optimum levels.

Eligibility requirements include weighing at least 110 pounds, being in general good health and presenting a valid photo ID. Donors to CBCO provide all of the blood for patients in 40 area hospitals.

For more information about this blood drive, visit www.cbco.org or call 800-280-5337.

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