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Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) donors at the Emmanuel Baptist Church blood drive will receive two admissions to the Oklahoma City Zoo. Those who make time to give Sunday, June 22, between noon and 3 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall can enjoy summer fun at Oklahoma’s number one tourist attraction.
This is the fifth year OBI has partnered with the Zoo to encourage people to donate. A T-shirt, featuring the Zoo’s snow leopard, will also be given to each donor.
“It’s easy to get busy with summer vacations and other activities and forget about those facing life-threatening health situations instead of summer fun,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO. “Giving just an hour this summer will make a life-saving difference for someone in our community.”
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.
Through a special initiative to support donor centers in underserved countries, any donor can forgo the T-shirt. In turn, Oklahoma Blood Institute 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.
* 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

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