Two chances coming up to give blood

by Tiffany Ortiz,

Start the year off right by saving lives through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute. All healthy adults, 16 and older,* are encouraged to donate blood at two of the upcoming drives in Altus. The first will be Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Altus Community Center from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The drive is being sponsored by Sun Loan Company. The other will be held Thursday, Jan. 7 at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. inthe large conference room.

Each blood donors will receive a “Set Sail” T-shirt and TWO entries to win a 7-night Caribbean cruise provided by Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the T-shirts, funds designated for this item will go to support the Global Blood Fund. It’s an international nonprofit assisting blood centers in developing countries.

“Saving lives through blood donation is a New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep,” said Daren Coats, vice president, western division operations, Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Nothing feels better than making such a huge impact in our community.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, nonprofit blood center in America. Its donors exclusively provide every drop of life-saving blood needed by patients in some 150 medical facilities across the state, including air ambulance services.

Of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only 10 percent actually do, despite it taking only about one hour and having a tremendous impact. One single donation can save as many as three lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling (877) 340-8777 or visiting

* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

by Tiffany Ortiz,

Tiffany Ortiz is the Administrative Coordinator for the Oklahoma Blood Institute

Tiffany Ortiz is the Administrative Coordinator for the Oklahoma Blood Institute


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