The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will sponsor a blood drive Tuesday, Oct. 1., at Macomb High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the gym lobby.
Each blood donor will receive the choice of a free University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University blood donor T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2013 Bedlam football game in Stillwater.*
“Someone needs blood every two seconds,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “That is why we are asking everyone to show community support through blood donation along with their school spirit during football season.”
Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt. In turn, funds so designated will be contributed to GBF, a nonprofit that provides blood center technology and supplies to struggling blood centers around the world so they can meet local needs through voluntary blood donation.
Oklahoma Blood Institute exclusively provides every drop of blood needed by patients in Angelic Family Hospice, St. Anthony, Shawnee and all metro area hospitals. Some 144 other medical facilities across the state rely on OBI donors to provide life-saving blood for their patients.
Anyone, 16 years or older**, can typically donate blood. Blood can be given every 56 days. Appointments are not required but can be made at obi.org or by calling 877-340-8777.
*Blood donation is voluntary; no donation is necessary to enter prize drawing
** 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