Locust Grove-area residents can ‘share the love’ this month by donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute. All donors at the Locust Grove High School community blood drive in the school’s old gym, Joe Koelsch/Sargear Road, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will receive an OBI blood donor T-shirt, free health screenings and donor rewards points.
Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the donor appreciation item, funds designated for this item will be directed to our partnering organization, the American Heart Association. Oklahoma Blood Institute and the American Heart Association share a common goal, to keep people healthy. The American Heart Association wants everyone to know their numbers and act on them. That’s the first step in changing cardiovascular health statistics. Because blood donors receive a mini health check, including blood pressure and cholesterol results, every time they donate, those numbers are readily available to each donor.
“As the winter months come to a close, it’s important for donors to continue giving,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “Oklahoma weather remains unpredictable, but the need for blood remains steady.”
Although all blood types are needed to maintain OBI’s typical three-day supply, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of their type.
Blood donations can be made every 56 days. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 140 medical facilities across Oklahoma.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact Oklahoma Blood Institute at (877) 340-8777 or visit us at www.obi.org.
* 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission, 17-year -olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18-year-olds and over must weigh at least 110 pounds.