People 16 years and older* are usually able to give. During November, each blood donor receives the choice of an OSU or OU Bedlam blood donor T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2012 Bedlam football game.*
If donors prefer, they can forgo the T-shirts to support the Global Blood Fund. Oklahoma Blood Institute will redirect funds for the shirts to this organization assisting blood centers in developing countries.
Donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 140 Oklahoma medical facilities. This includes all hospitals in metro Oklahoma City.
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.
*Blood donation is voluntary, and no contribution, donation, purchase or payment is necessary to enter prize drawing.
* 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and those 18 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.