Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is partnering with Canadian Valley Technology Center/ Czech Hall Campusto host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at 1701 South Czech Hall Road in the Seminar Center.
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 INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Regional Hospital, and 140 other hospitals across the state.
Each donor giving Thursday will receive an OBI T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Reward Points. Donors may choose to forgo the T-shirt 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.
Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling Angie Siegrist at 405-345-3333, OBI at 877-340-8777 or visiting www.obi.org.
* 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.