Vian’s first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Those who give at the Boots & Badges blood drive Friday, July 31, will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that firefighters and law enforcement officers save every day.
Healthy adults are urged to give blood at Marvin’s IGA on the bloodmobile from 1-6 p.m. All donors will receive a special-edition Boots & Badges T-shirt and their choice of one free entry voucher to Frontier City Theme Park or Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City or two free entry vouchers to Safari Joe’s H20 Water and Adventure Park in Tulsa, to be redeemed at yourbloodinstitute.org.
By giving blood at this drive, donors will show their support for the firefighters and law enforcement officers who serve their community.
The Oklahoma Blood Institute is also offering FREE COVID-19 antibody testing for blood donors ages 18 and up at this blood drive. Test results will be mailed post-donation. Donation appointments are needed to allow for recommended social distancing. Appointments for the blood drive may be made by calling or texting Greg at (479) 652-2362 or by visiting obi.org.
COVID-19 has taken a tremendous toll on the blood supply, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute has an immediate need for eligible blood donors of all blood types.
“Vian’s first responders see the daily need for blood firsthand when the people they rescue require life-saving treatment,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Blood Institute. “We can’t say enough about the service our police officers and firefighters provide, and we owe it to them to do our part in making sure blood is available in emergency situations.”
*Please note that 16-year-old donors must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and folks and over must weigh at least 110 pounds. Must be 18 or older to receive the antibody test, which has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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