BUTLER, Mo. – Community Blood Center (CBC) continues to experience a critically low blood supply and Bates County Memorial Hospital is stepping in to help. The pandemic has created a chronic deficit between current blood donations and what is needed by hospitals nation-wide. To help bridge this gap, Bates County Memorial Hospital invites the public to make a life-saving blood donation on Wednesday, December 1.  

In order to maintain a safe and stable blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are well below that minimum. “We thought we’d see our local blood supply recover with the return of school blood drives in the fall, but continued fears surrounding the pandemic are presenting significant obstacles,” said Patsy Shipley, Executive Director of Community Blood Center. A robust blood supply is essential for our healthcare system to function and we must do everything we can to strengthen it at this time of uncertainty.”

The blood drive will be held at the BCMH Education Center on Wednesday, December 1 from 12 pm – 5 pm. All presenting donors will receive a free limited-edition Chiefs t-shirt. Face coverings are required, and appointments are strongly encouraged; walk-ins will only be accepted if capacity allows. Appointments can be made online at and enter Group Code: KCBS, or call 1-877-468-6844.

Donating blood is safe and it only takes one hour. We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. All donors and CBC staff are required to wear a face covering and staff are practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here.

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About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC)
Founded in 1958, Community Blood Center (CBC) provides over 90% of the blood used by hospitals throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products each year to over 60 area hospitals and relies on volunteer donors each day to meet the need for lifesaving gifts of blood. CBC operates 365/24/7 to deliver safe, high quality products to meet transfusion needs for routine care and emergencies. CBC is a Division of New York Blood Center, Inc. (a family of operating Divisions known as New York Blood Center Enterprises). For more information, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Butler: Christmas Parade Information part 1

The Butler Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 4th. The parade will leave the Bates County Fairgrounds this year, due to the construction at the Butler High School.

The parade is due to arrive at the square by 6 pm.

Individuals or organizations wanting to prepare a Christmas float, need to follow the Theme for judging. This year’s theme is “ A King is Born”. Categories to be judged will be 1st place only for $50.00 prize money.

Organizations, businesses, churches, and families are welcome to participate. Get floats on your mind for the 2021 Annual Butler Christmas Parade Saturday, December 4th at 6:00 pm. The Butler Christmas Parade Marshals will be Chad Anderson, Jerrett Wheatley, and Jason Bennet.

Line up details and parade route at a later date, for now start working on your Parade Floats and good luck!

Butler: Community Cafe Resumes on December 7th 2021

A reminder that the Butler Community Café is not serving their weekly meals during the month of November.

The Community Café evening meals will re-start on Tuesday, December 7th. The organization is excited about seeing the community come together again for a free meal every Tuesday. Here is the schedule that will kick off again on Tuesday, December 7th.

First Tuesday: First Baptist Church Butler  ( December 7th 2021)
Second Tuesday: Ohio Methodist Church  ( December 14th 2021 )
Third Tuesday: First Christian Church         ( December 21st 2021)
Fourth Tuesday : Nazarene Church             ( December 28th 2021)
Fifth Tuesday: Happy Hill church