The Warrensburg Police Department, Warrensburg Fire Department and the University of Central Missouri have teamed up for a two day blood drive at the University of Central Missouri.

The blood drive is being held Wednesday June 10 and Thursday June 11 in the Elliot Student Union Ballrooms on the campus of the University of Central Missouri with appointments available from 9:00AM - 6:00PM CDT. Appointments are preferred however, if capacity permits walk ins are welcome.

Donors are asked to wear a face mask to their donation appointment, and if they forget, a mask will be provided for them at no charge. Additionally, even who donates will receive either a Kansas City Royals t-shirt or rally towel.

70% of our areas blood supply was generated by mobile blood drives hosted by schools, organizations and businesses. During the COVID-19 pandemic all of these mobile drives were cancelled and according to Community Blood Center these drives, like the one at UMC, are just coming back on line. This lack of blood is creating a great need for donors as hospitals return to normal operation and are using more blood every day.

Blood donors must be 17 or older. 16 or older with parental permission, you can get that permission slip here. And donors must weigh over 110 pounds. There are some things that might make you temporarily ineligible to donate blood like getting a tattoo or a piercing, travel to a different part of the world or having recently been sick. For a complete list of temporary reasons you might not be able to donate, as well as a list of things that might make you un-eligible to donate please click here.

Additionally if you are showing any of the signs of COVID-19, you are asked to skip donating blood this time around. These symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing. If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or is suspected of having COVID-19. You have been diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 until 28 days after your illness has resolved.

If you'd like to sign up for an appointment to donate click here and enter the code SZ.