Carl Albert State College is starting off the new year by saving lives through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Most healthy adults 16 and older are encouraged to donate blood Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the ballroom fromÂ 9:30 a.m.Â toÂ 3:30 p.m.Â or Wednesday, Jan. 8, fromÂ 11 a.m.Â toÂ 4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, nonprofit blood center inÂ America.Â Its donors exclusively provide every drop of blood needed by patients in Choctaw Nation Health Care System,Â EasternÂ OklahomaÂ MedicalÂ CenterÂ and Life Flight. Some 140 other medical facilities across the state also rely solely on OBI to provide life-saving blood for their patients.Â
â€śBlood donations typically decline in the winter months,â€ť saidÂ John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. â€śBut the need for blood is constant, and patients in our community are counting on us to give.â€ť
Donors will receive â€śFeel Boldâ€ť T-shirts, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBIâ€™s online store. Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the T-shirts, funds designated for this item will go to support the Global Blood Fund assisting blood centers in underserved countries.Â
Of those eligible to donate blood in theÂ U.S., only 10 percent actually do, despite it taking about one hour and having a tremendous impact. One single donation can save as many as three lives.Â Donations can be made every 56 days.
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling (877) 340-8777 or visiting obi.org.