Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) encourages all Oklahomans to participate in “Blood Thanks & Giving Day,” Friday, August 2, to celebrate those whose lives have been saved by loyal, blood donors.
Anyone who has received blood is encouraged to fill out a SHARE YOUR STORY card at one of Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donor centers. Not only will it be an encouragement to blood donors, but, in exchange, each will receive an “I’m Alive Thanks to A Blood Donor” T-shirt.
Every two seconds someone needs blood. Yet, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., less than 10 percent actually donate each year.
“I shudder to think about what would have happened if there hadn’t been blood available,” said Katy Roybal, blood recipient following childbirth complications. “I am grateful to all the people who gave blood and saved my life.”
Anyone, 16 and older, and generally, in good health, can donate blood. Blood can be donated every 56 days. OBI supplies every drop of blood used by patients in more than 140 medical facilities throughout Oklahoma.
“Blood given with Oklahoma Blood Institute meets the needs of those in Oklahoma communities,” said John Armitage, MD, Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “So blood donors know they are saving the lives of their friends, family and co-workers. Some may have no idea they will need blood in an urgent situation.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call (877) 340-8777, or visit www.obi.org.