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Thereâ€™s no substitute for blood needed by patients in the hometown hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).Â Itâ€™s only available due to those who selflessly take the time to give. EOMCâ€™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.Â Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in OBIâ€™s online store, are also provided to donors.
â€śEveryone knows someone whoâ€™s needed blood. It impacts all ages of people and often arises unexpectedly as a result of accident or illness,â€ť said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. â€śWhether we know them or not, there are people now who are counting on us to give.â€ť
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.Â Â Â
Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving.Â In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the worldâ€™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.