There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in local hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). In Altus, blood drives are planned at Altus Intermediate School on Monday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m., and at Southwest Technology Center on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A blood drive will be held in Olustee on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Olustee High School, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Eldorado, a blood drive is set for Monday, Aug. 25, at Eldorado High School, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a “Feel Cool” T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in OBI’s online store, are also provided to donors.
Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.
“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 Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed to some 150 medical facilities statewide.
Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting 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