JOPLIN, MO.--- The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a Code Red Alert for blood donations. Get ready to roll up your sleeve and donate, that's exactly what 87-year old Aaron Wilson is doing.
"We just love to do it. It's a wonderful feeling. It's like you're helping people and especially saving lives. I can't think of anything I would rather do at this point in life than to continue to pour myself into other lives," said Aaron Wilson, Blood Donor.
Wilson has been giving blood for over 50 years. He feels it's his duty to the community to donate, especially since the need is so high. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations.
"This is about the worst situation we can have right now. Code Red is less than one day's blood supply. Every five minutes somebody throughout our 38 counties, 38 hospitals needs blood. So it's pretty critical at this point," said Lori McLerran, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.
The blood center is in need of all blood types, but O- negative, B- negative and A- negative are critically needed. Workers say the cold weather is partly to blame for the shortage.
"We have had a lot of blood drives canceled, schools are out. See schools give about 25 percent of our blood supply to us. So when the schools are out, we don't have access to the students who donate," said McLerran.
That's on top of shortages normally experienced during the holidays. Any donors are welcome, but workers stress to drink plenty of water before donating.
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