Sallisaw will be one of only two eastern Oklahoma cities to host a Thunder Holiday Assist Blood Drive, according to the Oklahoma Blood Institute.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and OBI are urging Oklahomans to "Thunder Up" to save lives during the 11th annual Holiday Assist Blood Drives at various locations statewide next Thursday.
The Sallisaw Civic Center, at 111 N. Elm St., will host the Sallisaw drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.
Greg Womack with OBI said Sallisaw was fortunate to be one of only two cities in eastern Oklahoma -- along with Poteau -- to host a Thunder Holiday Assist Blood Drive and help replenish the blood supply in this area.
“We do supply all the blood for this hospital,” Womack said, referring to NHS-Sequoyah. “This blood drive will be a huge boost for our local blood supply.”
The Thunder Holiday Assist blood drives will take place at eight different locations throughout the state next week.
Donors receive a collectible, limited-edition T-shirt and one lucky donor will win a pair of lower-level tickets to a Thunder home game and a one-night hotel stay if winner is outside of Oklahoma City.
Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling Womack at 479-652-2362 or visiting obi.org.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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