Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold two blood drives this week in Sallisaw.
Healthy adults, age 16 and older, can give blood at one of the following drives:
*Tuesday, April 4, at Redbird Health Clinic, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*Thursday, April 6, at Sequoyah Manor Nursing Home, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. This blood drive is “In Honor of Betty Nance,” a local patient.
Donors will receive a free, vintage-style 40th anniversary “Hero” t-shirt in their choice of color: blue, purple or green.
In 1977, Oklahoma Blood Institute made a commitment to be the donor-to-patient lifeline, providing hope, healing and comfort to local patients. Oklahoma Blood Institute is a non-profit, independent blood center that now serves more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.
Oklahoma Blood Institute relies solely on donations from an average of 1,200 volunteer donors each day to meet the needs of patients statewide. One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and takes only about an hour.
If donors choose to forgo the t-shirt, funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping secure much-needed supplies for blood centers in developing countries.
Appointments to donate blood are not required but can be made by visiting obi.org or calling 479-652-2362.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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