A Blood Donor Challenge at Eldorado High School allows area residents to give life with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Healthy adults* can typically donate blood and will receive Blood Donor Challenge T-shirts.
Doors will open at 2 p.m., Friday, April 8, and the blood drive will occur until 5:30 p.m. “Thousands have already taken the Blood Donor Challenge, but blood doesn’t last long and can’t be stockpiled,” said Daren Coats, Vice President Western Division Operations, Oklahoma Blood Institute. “If you have never donated or haven’t given in the past two months, please give at this blood drive to save local lives.”
Participants can stop by without appointments but are urged to pre-schedule donations at 877-340-8777 or by visiting obi.org.
Jackson County Memorial Hospital count on volunteer blood donors with OBI for all blood their patients need.
“Accidents occur. People are battling cancer. Babies are born prematurely,” Coats said. “It’s never a matter of ‘will’ blood be needed. It’s always ‘when’, and hundreds of donors every day of the year are required. Unfortunately, until we know someone’s battling for life, we just don’t think about how critical it is.”
Each donor can save lives around the world as well by choosing not to keep the T-shirt. With the cost savings, Oklahoma Blood Institute contributes to Global Blood Fund (GBF). It is a charity aimed at ending severe blood shortages in countries where, each year, 200,000 die simply due to a lack of safe blood. While blood donors here can’t directly provide blood, support of Global Blood Fund enables staff training, supplies and technology for struggling blood centers in more than 40 countries.
* 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