EOMC hosts blood drive
There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in the hometown hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). It’s only available due to those who selflessly take the time to give. EOMC’s blood drive, Thursday, Aug. 22, provides that opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old. It will occur at the library, 7-11:30 a.m. Two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a summer T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in OBI’s online store, are also provided to donors. “Everyone knows someone who’s needed blood. It impacts all ages of people and often arises unexpectedly as a result of accident or illness,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “Whether we know them or not, there are people now who are counting on us to give.” Oklahoma Blood Institute is the eighth largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 medical facilities across Oklahoma, including Choctaw Nation Health Care System. Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries. Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 1(877) 340-8777 or visiting www.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.