The need for blood doesnâ€™t take a vacation. Yet, fewer people typically donate during the summer, according to Oklahoma Blood Institute.
Walmart in Poteau has stepped up to help with a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to give.
Each donor will receive two free tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a â€śFeel Fierceâ€ť T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points.
â€śFor patients in need of blood, thereâ€™s no summer vacation,â€ť said Dr. John Armitage, OBI president and chief executive. â€śThatâ€™s why itâ€™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.â€ť
Any donor can forgo the T-shirt. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to Global Blood Foundation for supplies and equipment for blood centers in poor countries.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the eighth-largest nonprofit blood center in America, providing all blood for patients in 144 medical facilities across Oklahoma, including Choctaw Nation Health Care System.
Appointments are not necessary.