The Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Battle of the Media Blood Drive was held Tuesday, at the Altus Community Center. The Altus Times, KEY-B and KWHW radio stations “battled it out” to see which could get the most people to donate blood in their name.
In total 25 people donated blood. KWHW had 10 donors, KEY-B had 8 donors, and The Altus Times had 7. A monetary gift to the Global Blood Fund will be made in honor of each donor. It supports blood centers lacking basic equipment and supplies.
Carole Town, Altus resident, with blood technician Jesse Nunez of the Oklahoma Blood Institute, donated a pint of blood, along with other donors. This was Town’s 32nd time exactly to donate while in Altus since 1996, totalling 4 gallons collected of her own blood to benefit those who need it. Town has also donated when residing in California, Washington, and while in Altus before moving to California.
“Because it helps people so much,” Town said. “I’ve had family members who had medical problems and have needed blood, and so if I can give, it doesn’t hurt me to give at all. If I can give blood to help somebody else, this is not anything to do, it’s just so easy. It doesn’t hurt much, and it doesn’t take that long to donate. And besides, then you get soda and cookies and stuff afterward. These guys know what they are doing they are really good at hitting the veins. Very professional and very easy.”
The Oklahoma Blood Institute of Lawton visits the Altus Community center regularly on the first Tuesday of every month. They also hold drives at Altus High School twice a year, Southwest Technology Center twice a year, and Western Oklahoma State College four times a year. They also visit Jackson County Memorial Hospital every 56 days.
“We encourage any body that is interested in helping with our blood drives and to volunteer to contact us,” said OBI’s Zelda McCall. “Groups that are interested in sponsoring community drives is what we’re really interested in.”
Contact the Oklahoma Blood Institute Lawton Center at (580) 353-6451 for more information.