JOPLIN, MO.--- A Code Yellow Alert has been issued for blood, and area health care workers are doing their part to help. Freeman Health System in Joplin is hosting multiple blood drives over the next two weeks. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks parked its Bloodmobile at the Freeman Urgent Care today. On average, the hospital uses 500 pints a month and the need for blood goes up in the summer months. Organizers say just one person can help so many.
"When you do donate blood, you can save three lives. Because that blood, our Freeman lab, can separate that into red cells, plasma and platelets. So when you come, you're actually helping potentially three other people, save their lives," said Linda McIntosh, Freeman Health Volunteer.
The next blood drive will be held next Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freeman Hospital West inside the conference rooms 2W to 4W.
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