Life-saving blood donors needed

Two events to be held in Altus

There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in local hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to donate at either of the upcoming blood drives next week. One will be held at the Altus Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the other at the Jackson County Department of Human Services on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m.

August is the last month donors receive two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a zoo-themed T-shirt. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in OBI’s online store, are also provided to donors.

“Everyone knows someone who’s needed blood. It impacts all ages of people and often arises unexpectedly as a result of accident or illness,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO. “Whether we know them or not, there are people now who are counting on us to give.”

Patients who receive blood exclusively from OBI donors include those in HOSPITAL, Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed to some 158 medical facilities statewide.

Appointments are not necessary, 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

Two events to be held in Altus
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