Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Donors Asked to Give Blood, Hope This Holiday Season

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) needs generous donors to share the priceless gift of saving lives this holiday season. It’s a busy time, but OBI is encouraging donors to take just one hour to make sure the blood supply for area hospitals stays at levels necessary for live-saving procedures.

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

- Carl Albert State College Viking Room, Sallisaw, Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-Walmart, Sallisaw; Friday, Dec. 1, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

-Vian Community; Friday, Dec. 1, 1 to 6 p.m. Bloodmobile parked at Marvin’s IGA.

“The gift of blood donation is one that offers hope, healing, and comfort to local patients and their loved ones,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO. “The cost- just one hour of your time- is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season. But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”

Donors also receive health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s online store. 

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, OBI will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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