Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) invites all area residents to donate blood at these upcoming blood drives:
Wednesday, May 8
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Leadership Square and Oklahoma Tower, 211 N. Robinson in the West Wing of the North Tower. Contact Diane Dies at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Fax sign- up sheets to to 405-235-6139 by May 6 or visit www.obi.org to make an appointment.
Thursday, May 9
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by UMB Bank, 204 N. Robinson in the lobby. Contact Mary Pointer with questions at 405-239-5936 or email@example.com. Visit www.obi.org to make an appointment.
With blood donors’ support, those in area hospitals won’t have to be concerned about the availability of blood. Donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in all metro hospitals and 140 others across the state.
Each donor will receive an OBI insulated lunch tote, free health screenings and Donor Reward Points. Donors may choose to forgo the tote to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF). Funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.
Since there is no substitute for human blood, supplies must constantly be renewed. Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages anyone who is 16 and older* to donate and save a life this spring.
Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks), those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population; however, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in urgent need.
* 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.