If you missed helping one of your favorite charities on Giving Tuesday, there's still another chance for you to give and it won't cost you anything but time. The Warrensburg Police and Fire Departments are holding a blood drive in Warrensburg with Community Blood Center on Thursday December 3 and Friday December 4.

I've written some of these words before, but COVID-19 has really hurt blood banks like Community Blood Center. COVID-19 restrictions have forced the cancellation of some blood drives. And many schools have chosen not to hold blood drives while the pandemic is ongoing. High School blood drives alone account for 30% of Community Blood Center's donations. So they could really use your help, and your blood.

The blood drive is being held at the ABC Building, 415 Commander in Warrensburg from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST on Thursday and 9:00 AM -6:00 PM CST on Friday. As of this writing there are no appointments available on Thursday, however plenty of appointments are available on Friday. You can register for an appointment to donate here. Appointments are recommended.

Donors need to be 17 years old, 16 with written consent from a parent or guardian. Must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in overall good health. Parental and guardian permission forms can be found here.

Additionally there are some common reasons people may be temporarily ineligible to donate including: colds, flu, respiratory infection, a recent piercing or tattoo, pregnancy and associated conditions, surgery, STD's, blood transfusions. Additionally there are some health conditions that may preclude people from being a blood donor. More on this can be found here.

All blood donors at this drive will receive a limited edition Kansas City Chiefs T-Shirt. So not only will you be helping save a life, you'll also be getting a new Chiefs T-Shirt to wear while you cheer them on into the playoffs.

For more information on the Warrensburg Police and Fire Departments Blood Drive contact Jeremy VanWey at 660-262-4654.

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