Yukon Middle School to host benefit blood drive

FROM OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE Modified: January 8, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: January 8, 2013
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YUKON -- Yukon Middle School and Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are starting off the new year by saving lives and inviting Yukon-area residents 16 years or older* to join by donating blood 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 801 Garth Brooks Boulevard.

 Blood donation credits from this drive can be offered to local resident Barry McCurley to help defer the cost of blood needed previously.  Donors will receive a free ball cap, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for merchandise in OBI’s online store.

 If donors prefer, they can forgo the ball cap to support the Global Blood Fund. Oklahoma Blood Institute will redirect funds for the ball caps to this charity assisting blood centers in developing countries.

 “With the start of a new year and unanticipated weather, blood donations typically decline in the winter months,” said John Armitage, Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “But the need for blood is constant, and patients in our community count on volunteer donors to fulfill that need.”

 Donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 140 Oklahoma medical facilities.  This includes all hospitals in metro Oklahoma City.

 Appointments 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 and provide signed parental permission, 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and those 18 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.