The chance to win a seven-day Caribbean cruise awaits Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) donors at Blair City Hall, Tuesday, Dec. 29. The holiday blood drive will occur from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the City of Blair.
Cruises, Inc. is providing the vacation cruise for two in hopes more will make blood donation a priority during the holiday season. A gift card to help with ground travel expenses to the port of Galveston, TX, will also be provided to the winning donor. Each donor is guaranteed to receive a nautical-themed T-shirt as well as free health screenings. Anyone 16 years and older* is usually able to donate.
Blood donation is a life-saving gift that costs nothing but time. One blood donation can save as many as three lives in area hospitals. People with negative blood types are especially urged to give. Only 18 percent of the population has negative blood types, but those with these types must have negative type blood when needed. Oklahoma Blood Institute is a nonprofit blood center that provides every drop of blood needed for patients in 154 hospitals across the state.
“This community is blessed with giving people who respond especially when they realize the urgency of the blood need,” said Daren M. Coats, Vice President of Western Division Operations of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The gift of blood is a priceless one. It’s difficult to think of anything more important that we personally can do at this time of year.”
Donations can be made every 56 days. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.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 * Must be 18 years old to qualify for the cruise.