The Woodward News

April 20, 2014

Several blood drives coming up


Woodward News

— Local blood donors will have a number of opportunities in the coming weeks to make a life saving donation of blood.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be in the area next week for 2 blood drives.  

The first OBI drive will be held on Monday, April 21 in Fort Supply.  Donors can stop by the OBI bloodmobile between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Windle Hatchett Community Center.  In exchange for a pint of blood, donors will receive a "Feel Bold" t-shirt, free health screenings an Donor Rewards Points.

The OBI will then hold a second blood drive in Woodward on Wednesday, April 23 at Bank 7, 3300 Oklahoma Ave.  Each donor at Wednesday's blood drive between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. will be treated to an appreciation item from OBI's "treasure chest."  These items include a variety of items such as baseball caps and mugs, imprinted without he OBI logo.

Walk-ins are welcome at both OBI drives, but appointments can also be made by calling 1-877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

The American Red Cross will also be holding a couple of blood drives in Woodward in May in honor of World Red Cross Day, celebrated each May 8 on the birthday of Henry Dunant who officially founded the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement nearly 100 years ago.

The first Red Cross drive will be held at Woodward High School on May 8 from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The second Red Cross drive will be held on May 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1111 Downs Ave.

To make an appointment for either of the Red Cross drives call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED CROSS) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Both the OBI and Red Cross are looking for donors with all blood types, although O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

According to the OBI, O negative type blood is in particular demand because "it can be used by persons with all blood types.  This makes it particularly critical in trauma situations when time doesn't allow for identification of a patient's blood type."

Both organizations accept donors aged 16 and older (with signed parental consent for 16-year-olds), who meet certain weight and health requirements.

For more information about either organization and their respective blood donation restrictions, visit their websites as listed above.