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Follow Your Instinct! Give Blood this Holiday Season Dec.9-Dec. 13

Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages healthy adults to “follow their instinct,” and set aside about an hour from their busy schedules to donate blood.  The holidays are typically a challenging time for the life-saving blood supply; and one donation can save the lives of up to three area patients.*

Blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved holiday-themed t-shirt.  Donors are urged to give at one of the following blood drives:

  • Newkirk High School, 625 W. South St.; Monday, December 2nd, from 8am to 2pm
  • Johnson Controls, 900 Darr Park Dr.; Tuesday, December 3rd, from 8am to 12pm

“The simple, yet selfless, act of donating blood this holiday season will give patients in local hospitals a chance to spend precious time with their families,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute.  “The cost- just an hour of your time- is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season.  But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”

Blood recipients have the opportunity to send a message of appreciation to their individual blood donor, anonymously, through Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Thank the Donor™ program.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed.  If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood collector, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide.  It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds 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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