Give Blood and Let the Adventure Begin! Aug 20

Posted on 08/13/2018

Let the adventure begin with you give blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute!

Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with Canute Community sponsored by Canute Lions Club on Monday, Aug 20, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Canute Lions Club.  Donors will receive a limited edition “Adventure” t-shirt, and a voucher for free admission to Science Museum Oklahoma for one adult and one child.*  Also donors will receive a coupon for a Free Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit from Whataburger plus a chance to win Whataburger for a year!

“This summer has been a particularly challenging time for blood collections, and we are in need of generous donors to be heroes for local patients,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “It only takes about an hour to donate, but the gift of blood is priceless for those who depend on it.” 

Oklahoma Blood Institute is partnering with Science Museum Oklahoma, recently recognized by USA Today as being home to a must-see museum exhibit for summer 2018 — “Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami.”  Science Museum Oklahoma offers hundreds of hands-on exhibits, daily live chemistry and physics shows, art galleries, the chance to explore the stars in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium and much more in the museum’s 350,000 air-conditioned square feet. 

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.  However, only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Each donation can save the lives of up to three patients.  

Donors also receive free health screenings.  If they opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.  Approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors are needed each day to maintain the supply.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Kevin Mertz at  580-472-3782 or visiting

*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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