Free Oklahoma City Zoo admissions await blood donors Thursday at an Oklahoma Blood Institute or OBI summer blood drive from 2-5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Altus Community Center, sponsored by the Altus Community.
According to OBI, each donor will Donors will save up to three lives. Each donor also will receive a voucher, redeemable for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a T-shirt featuring the zoo’s otters.
“Summer is a time for fun, including visits to the zoo,” said Daren Coats, vice president, western division, Texas Blood Institute, “but first, we can ease concerns for those in our area who rely on blood donors by taking just an hour to give.”
OBI provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 160 state medical facilities including Jackson County Memorial Hospital.
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age can usually give blood, and donations can be made every 56 days. Health screenings and donor rewards points, redeemable in OBI’s online store, are also provided to donors.
Those who are 16 years old must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide a signed parental permission. Those who are 17 years old must weigh at least 125 pounds and those 18 years or older must weigh at least 110 pounds.
Through a special initiative to support donor centers in underserved countries, any donor can forgo the T-shirt. In turn, OBI will make a monetary donation of similar value to Global Blood Fund. It’s a chance to “doubly give” to help those battling for their lives locally and internationally.
To schedule an appointment call 877-340-8777 or visit www.obi.org.