Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Support Your First Responders in Moore on July 13
Moore’s first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute and Norman Regional Health System. Those who give at the Boots & Badges blood drive on Saturday, July 13, will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that firefighters and law enforcement officers rescue.
Anyone 16 years or older is urged to stop by Norman Regional Moore at 700 S. Telephone Rd., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All donors will receive special-edition Boots & Badges T-shirts, as well as two tickets to an Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball game. Successful donors will also get their choice of voucher for free entry to their choice of one of three attractions: Frontier City, Science Museum Oklahoma, or Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park.*
By giving blood at this drive, donors will show their support for the firefighters and law enforcement officers who save lives in their community.
“Norman Regional is honored to support the health and wellness of our Moore community through our longstanding partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute,” said Richie Splitt, president and CEO of Norman Regional Health System. “We want the residents of Moore to donate blood that may help our families, friends and neighbors. When you donate the gift of blood, you ensure the people of this community have blood products available to save lives.”
Although all blood types are needed, donors with O-negative blood are particularly urged to give. Only seven percent of the population has this blood type, but it is the ‘universal type’ and can be used in an emergency when a patient’s blood type is not known.
“Moore’s first responders see the daily need for blood first-hand when the people they rescue require life-saving treatment, and the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at Norman Regional work closely with them on a daily basis” said John Armitage, MD, President & CEO of 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.”
Oklahoma Blood Institute, the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood collector, serves more than 160 hospitals statewide, including Norman Regional Moore. Appointments for the blood drive may be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.
Other activities at the blood drive include Touch-a-Truck and The Pioneer Library System from 9 a.m. to noon and hands only CPR demos throughout the entire event.
* Vouchers for attractions must be redeemed online at yourbloodinstitute.org.16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds