ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — Blood donors this summer will not only save lives when they donate with Oklahoma Blood Institute, they’ll also get two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and “You Otter Give Blood” T-shirts.
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older is encouraged to donate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 22, at the Altus Air Force Base South Gate at the Base Chapel.
Those 16 years old must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; and adult 18 years or older must weigh at least 110 pounds.
“For patients in need of blood, there’s no summer vacation,” said Daren Coats, vice president Western Divisions. “That’s why it’s crucial that blood donors take just an hour to donate blood. The lives of our friends, co-workers and neighbors may depend on it.”
Patients who receive blood exclusively from OBI donors include those in Jackson County Memorial Hospital. In fact, OBI provides every drop of blood needed to some 161 medical facilities statewide.
All blood types are needed, but those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Although it is present in only nine percent of the U.S. population, it can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, according to the American Association of Blood Banks. This creates an immense and constant need for blood donors with O-negative blood.
Appointments are not required to donate at this blood drive, but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting www.obi.org.