Monday, February 28, 2022 ─ Oklahoma Blood Institute has an immediate need for blood donors to help rebuild the blood supply.
Blood drive cancellations caused by the recent winter storm have resulted in the significant loss of anticipated collections.
A community blood drive will be held Monday in Vian at Marvin’s IGA from 1:15 pm to 5:45 pm. Walk ins are welcome or donors can sign up online at www.obi.org
As the weather clears and road conditions improve, donors of all blood types, age 16 and older*, are urged to give at the nearest donor center or mobile blood drive as soon as possible. A secure blood supply is essential to ensure disaster preparedness and serve patients who depend on transfusions to survive.
“The need for blood is constant—someone needs a life-saving transfusion every two seconds,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. We are calling on all healthy Oklahomans to take about an hour of their time to give blood for our friends and neighbors in need. Together we can rebuild the blood supply.”
To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 877-340-8777 or visit obi.org to see a list of donor centers and mobile blood drives.
Volunteer donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute exclusively provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities, and air ambulances statewide. One donation saves up to three lives. More than 1,200 blood donors are required each day to ensure a healthy supply of lifesaving blood is available on shelves when needed.
*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required.
KXMX Staff Writer
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