More Blood Drives This Week

Kim Standridge, left, donates blood with the help of Oklahoma Blood Institute Technician Victoria Slate during Wednesday’s “Go Big Red Blood Drive-Blake Standridge” blood drive at Double Branch Baptist Church. Kim is the grandmother of Blake, who currently is undergoing leukemia treatments. OBI is having two more blood drives this week, one from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and the other from 12:15-5:15 p.m. Friday at the LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) office on South Broadway in Poteau. To make an appointment for blood donations, call (877) 340-8777 or go online to To make an appointment for convalescent plasma donations, call (888) 308-3924 or go e-mail to

PDN photo by David Seeley