The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage in Missouri and throughout America as the group is experiencing the lowest number of blood donors in 20 years.

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Over the last 20 years, the number of people donating blood to the American Red Cross has dropped by 40%. With fewer people donating blood, even small disruptions to blood donations, like the 7,000 unit shortfall the group experienced between Christmas and New Year's Day can have a huge impact on the availability of blood products for those who need emergency blood transfusions.

Dr. Eric Gehrie, executive physician director for the Red Cross says, “More challenges may lie ahead as the potential for severe winter weather and seasonal illness may compound the dire blood supply situation. Donors of all types – especially those with type O blood and those giving platelets – are urged to give now.”

Recently the Red Cross has limited distributions of type O blood products, one of the most transfused blood types, to hospitals.

As an incentive to up blood donations The Red Cross and the National Football League have partnered to urge individuals to give blood or platelets this January to help end the emergency blood shortage. Anyone who donates blood, platelets or plasma through the Red Cross in January will be entered to win a trip to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. You can find more details on this here.

Upcoming area blood drives include:

Columbia, Missouri

  • January 12, Columbia Mall, 11:00 AM -3:00 PM CST
  • January 15, Bass Pro Shop, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST
  • January 24, Lenoir Woods, 11:00 AM -3:00 PM CST
  • January 26, Columbia Mall, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST
  • January 28, Newman Center,  8:00 AM -1:00 PM CST
  • January 30, Mizzou School of Medicine, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST
  • January 31, Mizzou Memorial Union, 11:00 AM -5:00 PM CST
  • Additionally, you can donate at the Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Road on most days in January.

Camdenton, Missouri

  • January 31, Lake Breeze Event Center, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM CST

Lake Ozark, Missouri

  • January 23, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Jefferson City, Missouri

  • January 17, Truman Building, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST
  • January 18, Truman Building, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST
  • January 19, Truman Building, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
  • January 24, Missouri Secretary of State, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
  • January 29, River Region Credit Union, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST
  • January 31, Department of Social Services, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST
  • Additionally, you can donate at the Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane, most days in January.

Boonville, Missouri

  • January 17, Boonville High School, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST

Lee's Summit, Missouri

  • January 25, Summit Ridge, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST
  • January 30, Lee's Summit Medical Center 1:00 PM -6:00 PM CST

Chilhowee, Missouri

  • January 24, Chilhowee R V School, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST

Warrensburg, Missouri

  • January 15, Elks Lodge in Warrensburg, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST

Marshall, Missouri

  • January 31, Missouri Valley College Malcolm Center, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST

If you would like to sign up to donate at one of these blood drives, or you'd like to find a donation center near you, please click here, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or call 1-800-733-2767 now.

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