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OMC and American Red Cross Blood Drive August 19

OMC and American Red Cross Blood Drive August 19

O, B and A Negative blood in critical need

Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive Wednesday August 19, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center.

Donations have fallen to critically low levels and patients needing O negative, B negative and A negative blood could go without the lifesaving support they need. We need you to help prevent an emergency shortage.

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce RapidPass that allows donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office; reducing the time they spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass, read the information, answer the questions, and print the pass or email it to themselves to show when they check in at the blood drive. RapidPass must be completed the same day as the donation. Donors are still encouraged to schedule an appointment online.

Consider making a difference by donating blood at the next blood drive. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. About 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S. every day. Almost everyone will know someone in their lifetime who has the need for blood. Only 38% of the population is eligible to donate, but only about 8% of those who are eligible actually donate.

For more information, visit redcrossblood.org, or call the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.

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