Several blood drives scheduled in area

Sissy Edwards of Rock Island has her blood drawn last week from Stacy Sessums of Arkansas Blood Institute. The blood drive was held inside the Pocola City Hall and was part of Guns 'N' Hoses.
By: 
Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

Several blood drives have been scheduled throughout the area.

Blood drives include the following:

• June 22, Rubin White Health Clinic, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Donors will receive two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a "You Otter Give Blood" zoo T-shirt.

• June 30, Panama Police Department, "Guns 'n' Hoses" drive, 12:45-5:45 p.m. Donors will receive a "Guns 'n' Hoses" T-shirt. For healthy competition, donations will be designated to either the fire or police department as the compete to have the majority of donors.

• July 2, Poteau Walmart, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors will receive two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a "You Otter Give Blood" zoo T-shirt.

Blood donations are for the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Most people 16 and older can donate but must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds also must weigh at least 125 pounds. Those 18 and over must weigh at least 110 pounds.

All blood types are needed bu those with O-negative type blood are encouraged to donate.

“Panama and Bokoshe’s first responders see first-hand the daily need for blood at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center when those they rescue require life-saving treatment,” John Armitage, M.D., OBI CEO and president, said. 

“We can’t say enough about the service they provide, and we owe it to them to do our part in making sure blood is available to save those whom they have risked their lives to rescue.”
 
Visit obi.org for more information.

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