OBU to host blood drive this week.
Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Oklahoma Baptist University will host a blood drive in the Geiger Center, Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17, between noon and 5 p.m.Anyone who is healthy and 16 years* or older is urged to attend and donate.
Each donor will receive a “FEEL BOLD” T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points. Blood donors can choose to forgo the T-shirt. Then, funds designated for this item will be contributed to Global Blood Fund, a nonprofit that supports struggling blood centers abroad.
Donors with OBI provide every drop of blood needed by patients in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, Angelic Family Hospice, all metro-Oklahoma City-area hospitals and some 140 other medical facilities across the state. One in every seven people entering a hospital will need blood. There is no substitute for human blood, and it has a limited time for use. That is why some 600 donors are needed each day, according to OBI.
Of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only about ten percent actually do. Each donation can save as many as three lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.
Appointment to donate are not required but can be made by calling 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.