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March 28, 2013- Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) invites all local area residents to donate blood this April at the upcoming blood drive hosted by Kiamichi Technology Center-Talihina. The blood drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 5 at 13224 SE 202 Road.
By donating blood, donors can feel good about helping to save someone elseâ€™s life. As an added bonus, all blood donors will receive an OBI T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Reward Points. However, if blood donors choose to forgo the donor appreciation item, funds designated for this item will be directed to our partnering organization, Global Blood Fund (GBF). Global Blood Fund and Oklahoma Blood Institute both share a common goal, to make blood available to those in need.
Of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only about ten percent actually do, despite the quick and beneficial donation process. Giving blood only takes about an hour and one single donation can save up to three different lives. All healthy adults, 16 years and older* are encouraged to make blood donations. Donations can be made every 56 days.
One in every seven people entering a hospital will need blood and every two seconds someone is in need of blood. Since there is no substitute for human blood, supplies must constantly be renewed. Although those with O-negative type blood are strongly encouraged to donate, Oklahoma Blood Institute welcomes all donor participation in the Kiamichi Technology Center-Talihina blood drive.