February 13, 2013 — The surge in the flu and other common winter illnesses has Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) ready for ‘double trouble’. “If you’re well, you are needed to stand in the gap for those who aren’t, at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church blood drive,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO.
“With more hospitalized, the need for blood often increases,” said Armitage. “At the same time, some regular blood donors are coming down with viruses or the flu and temporarily can’t give. It can be a real challenge.”
Anyone, who is 16 years and older * and healthy, can donate Wednesday, February 27, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Family Life Center on 308 NW 164th Street, Edmond. Each blood donor at the drive will receive an OBI ball cap, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points.
Blood donors can choose to forgo the donor appreciation items. Then, funds designated for these items will be directed to Global Blood Fund (GBF), a charity whose mission is to make safe blood available in the world’s poorest countries.