Blood Donors Urged to “Beef Up the Blood Supply” Before Labor Day- August 31

Posted on 08/21/2018

Blood donors who save lives on the Friday before Labor Day will enjoy a tailgate party at Oklahoma Blood Institute donor centers!

On Friday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., donors who give blood at any metro or statewide donor center will get their choice of OSU or OU Bedlam T-shirt.  The Oklahoma Beef Council is also providing all-beef hotdogs as it teams up with Oklahoma Blood Institute to ‘beef up’ the blood supply for the Labor Day weekend.  

Oklahoma Blood Institute has nine donor centers statewide including four in metro OKC:

  • Central OKC, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
  • North OKC, 5105 N. Portland  Ave.
  • Edmond, 3409 S. Broadway, Suite 300
  • Norman, 1004 24th Ave., N.W., Suite 101
  • Ada, Ardmore, Enid, Lawton and Tulsa (addresses on obi.org)

Fewer people make time to donate blood around holiday weekends, according to John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO: “This can put the lives of Oklahomans in jeopardy. Although we have fun with this event, saving the lives of our family, friends and neighbors is a serious matter.  We are grateful for our partners and donors who take time before Labor Day Weekend to help us prepare for any emergency that may occur.”  

Anyone who is healthy and age 16 or older can give blood.* However, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., less than ten percent actually donate each year. Each blood donation can save the lives of up to 3 Oklahomans. 

Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood used by 160 hospitals and medical facilities statewide, as well as all air ambulances in Oklahoma.  For more information or to schedule an appointment to give blood, visit www.obi.org or call 1-877-340-8777.

 

*16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds


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