February 22, 2013 — John Marshall High School is partnering with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to ask all area residents to give blood. Thursday, March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a blood drive will occur at 12201 N. Portland, Oklahoma City. Those who are healthy and 16 years* or older can typically donate.
John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO, says March poses challenges in meeting area hospitals’ needs. “Spring Break is exciting for those enjoying time away. But the need for blood never takes a break! There is no substitute, and patients in urgent need during March cannot wait.”
By donating blood, donors can feel good about helping to save someone else’s life. As an added bonus, each blood donor receives an OBI T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Reward Points.
Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the T-shirts, funds designated for those will be directed to Global Blood Fund. This charity’s mission is to support struggling blood centers in underdeveloped countries. In those areas, equipment and supplies to allow people to donate often aren’t available.