Blood donors will receive two free tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and free health screenings by donating blood. All healthy, Norman-area residents, age 17 and older, are encouraged to donate with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) in the following drives:
“Giving blood is an opportunity to save a life, and it doesn’t cost you a penny. The decision you make to spend 30 minutes of your day donating the precious commodity can honestly mean the difference between life and death to a fellow Oklahoman in need,” said Norman Regional Health System President and CEO David Whitaker. “We hope every resident in Norman, Moore and the surrounding area will take the time to donate during our three day drive. It’s a simple way to make a huge difference.”
All donors will have the opportunity to support the Global Blood Fund by forgoing a donor T-shirt. In this way, donors can doubly give – both by donating life-saving blood used locally and by assisting blood centers with supplies needed in developing countries. The fund helps blood centers in developing countries purchase supplies and technology necessary to ensure a safe, local blood supply. Equipment, such as donor beds, digital weighing scales, folding chairs and portable tables, are basic necessities for mobile blood donations, yet are lacking in some, international blood centers.
“August provides a special opportunity for our blood donors to give blood to those in their communities and also help those around the world through the Global Blood Fund,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “We hope this program goes from being an Oklahoma original to a national standard through other blood centers helping people in more countries.”
Donations can be made every 56 days, and OBI provides every drop of blood used by 150 medical facilities in Oklahoma and North Central Texas, including Norman Regional Health System.
According to Bloodlink Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust partner with the Global Blood Fund, it’s estimated that six patients from Kenyan medical institutions die from blood-related transfusion complications every hour.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the eleventh largest, non-profit blood center in America. OBI employs nearly 700 Oklahomans and works with an estimated 800 volunteers and 2,600 drive coordinators. To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call (877) 340-8777, or visit www.obi.org to see a list of blood drives and donor centers in your area.