Community Blood Center of the Ozarks reports that, due to an overwhelming response of blood donors in the first 24 hours following the Joplin tornado, a CODE RED appeal issued earlier in the day has been lifted.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks reports that, due to an overwhelming response of blood donors in the first 24 hours following the Joplin tornado, a CODE RED appeal issued earlier in the day has been lifted.


Blood donors still need to keep giving blood, but any emergency response for tornado victims can be halted for now.


“We had a tremendous outpouring of support today, and we’re scaling back our immediate needs for now,” said CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson. “It is our goal not to waste a precious drop of blood. We need to spread out donations over the next weeks and even months to make certain that area needs are met thru the summer.”


After shipping over 150 donations of blood to the tornado stricken area on Sunday night, the community response on Monday was overwhelming. Donors lined up to give at CBCO Donor Centers in Springfield, Joplin, Springdale and Bentonville, Ark. Hundreds of donations have helped to replenish blood reserves.


“We’ve always maintained that the best place to store blood is in the body of the donor,” Thomson added. “I hope that this disaster reminds folks of just how fragile our blood supply can be. If anything, it should remind us to make donating blood at regular intervals part of our lives. I’m so proud of the immediate emergency response. Let’s now turn our attention to helping Joplin area residents get back on their feet, and keeping enough blood on the shelves to meet the daily needs of our friends and neighbors.”