“Whether donors ‘bleed’ crimson or orange, the critical need for blood crosses team lines,” said Daren Coats, Executive Director, Oklahoma Blood Institute. Everyone 16 or older* is urged to donate in an Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) blood at Western Oklahoma State College, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.
“People typically don’t plan on needing blood, but when the need arises, nothing else can help. That is why we need Altus-area residents to team up with us to be sure the blood is available to save lives,” Coats said.
Each donor will receive the choice of a free Cowboy orange or Sooner crimson blood donor T-shirt. This fall, donors will also be entered to win a pair of Bedlam football tickets for this year’s game in Stillwater**. Blood donors always receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points to redeem at OBI’s online store.
Donors who prefer to forgo their T-shirts can do so to support Global Blood Fund. The international charity provides blood centers in poor countries with essential supplies and technology.
Donations can be made every 56 days and usually take about an hour. OBI provides every drop of blood used by patients in 156 hospitals statewide.
Appointments are not required but can be made at obi.org or by calling 877-340-8777.
*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 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds
**Blood donation is voluntary; no donation is necessary to enter prize drawing