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Follow Your Instinct! Give Blood for National Blood Donor Month!

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January is National Blood Donor Month, and the perfect time to make a resolution to save local lives.

Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages healthy adults to “follow their instinct,” and set aside about an hour from their busy schedules to donate blood.*

Blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved t-shirt.  Donors are urged to give at one of the following blood drives:

  • Central Baptist Church, 1732 E. Coleman Rd.; Sunday, January 5th, from 12:45pm to 4pm
  • City of Blackwell, 221 W. Blackwell; Monday, January 6th, from 9am to 1pm
  • Kay Electric Coop, 300 W. Doolin Ave.; Tuesday, January 7th, from 11am to 1pm
  • Atwoods of Ponca City, 401 E. Prospect; Tuesday, January 7th, from 3pm to 6pm
  • AllianceHealth Ponca City, 1900 N. 14th; Thursday, January 9th, from 10am to 4pm
  • SouthWest Cupid, 318 N. 29th; Thursday, January 9th, from 9am to 1pm

“Some of our friends and neighbors are facing another year of difficult and life-threatening health challenges,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “We invite you to make a resolution in 2020 to give blood or platelets on a regular basis to ensure that the right blood is available for patients at the right time.”

Blood recipients have the opportunity to send a message of appreciation to their individual blood donor, anonymously, through Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Thank the Donor™ program.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed.  One blood donation can save up to three patients’ lives. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood collector, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide.  It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

*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