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Life is better this summer with blood donors

Saturday, June 24, 2023 - Who’s ready to relax by the water this summer? Get ready for those warm summer days by giving blood with Our Blood Institute at a local blood drive and help save a life!

Our Blood Institute (OBI) will host the following blood drives in Sallisaw:

· NHS Sequoyah; Monday, June 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Redbird Health Clinic; Tuesday, June 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the bloodmobile.

With your blood donation you’ll receive a free ticket to Science Museum Oklahoma, Frontier City or Hurricane Harbor.

Successful donors will also receive a “Life is Better” T-shirt, while supplies last.*

Science Museum Oklahoma is home to over 390,000 square feet of hands-on science experiences, art, and history. With engaging exhibits like the Tinkering Garage or the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, which sends you on a journey beyond the Milky Way, there’s no limit to curiosity and imagination for those who visit.

Frontier City is Oklahoma’s only western-themed amusement park. The premier destination offers thrill rides like the Silver Bullet and Diamond Back, live entertainment and delicious food. Ready to cool off? Visit Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and take a ride down towering water slides or relax in lazy rivers and wave pools. Hurricane Harbor OKC has something for everyone!

“You may be ready for some fun in the sun this summer, but accidents still happen,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Our Blood Institute. “Your blood donation can save the lives of up to three people and is essential in keeping up the blood supply in your local hospitals. We are extremely thankful for our partnerships with Science Museum Oklahoma, Frontier City and Hurricane Harbor for recognizing the importance of blood donations in our community.”

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years old* or older can give blood. Blood can be donated every 56 days and 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.

*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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