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Join the Bedlam Blood Battle and give blood September 27

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Bedlam Blood Battle is here, and no matter if you bleed Orange or Crimson, your blood donation will make a lifesaving difference for a fellow Oklahoman.

Join the Sallisaw community at a blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute from 1 to 6 p.m., on Tuesday, September 27 at the First Assembly of God Fellowship Hall (111 North Elm Street).

“No matter which team you’re backing in the Bedlam Blood Battle, it’s easy to come together with other fans to donate blood and our neighbors,” said Dr. John Armitage, President and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “It’s such a thrill to see the competitive spirit each year while saving the lives of Oklahomans.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on 1,200 volunteer blood donors a day to meet the needs of patients at more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities as well as all air ambulances statewide. Anyone who is healthy and 16 years old* or older can give blood. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

Appointments to donate can be made online at or by calling 877-340-8777. Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives.

*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.

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