Join the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) in saving lives through blood donation. All healthy adults, 16 and older,* are encouraged to donate blood at one of the upcoming blood drives in Altus. Altus First Christian Church will host a dirve from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, and Altus Air Force Base will host a drive on Friday, Jan. 15 at the chapel activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blood donors will receive “Set Sail” T-shirts and a chance to win a 7-night Caribbean cruise provided by Fundraisingcruises.org. If blood donors choose to forgo the T-shirts, funds designated for this item will go to support the Global Blood Fund. It’s an international nonprofit assisting blood centers in developing countries.
“Through blood donation, you become the ‘anchor’ for local patients weathering life’s toughest storms,” said Daren Coats, vice president, western division operations, Oklahoma Blood Institute. “We urge more citizens take that role seriously and make giving a priority for those in local hospitals.”
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling (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