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August 15, 2013

Local, area blood drives coming up

Woodward, Okla. — Several blood drives are upcoming in the area.

The first ones are Friday when the Oklahoma Blood Institute will be at Wal-Mart and the KOMI-TV Studio in the 101 Center.

Hours at each site on Friday are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two blood drives are scheduled on Aug. 19, one at the Woodward Regional Hospital from 9 a.m. to noon and the second at the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Aug. 20, Sharon-Mutual High School is hosting a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the high school in Mutual.

On Aug. 24, the OBI will be at the Woodward County Free Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodward County Fairgrounds.

Along with free health screenings and Donor Rewards points to redeem at OBI’s online store, each donor will also receive a free T-shirt and two free tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

 “With even the most common blood types, we routinely operate with only a three-day supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and chief executive.  “We wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that with vaccines, sutures or for other medical needs.  And we shouldn’t with blood.  That’s why regular donation by those who can is so important.”

 Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days.  OBI provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 state medical facilities.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the eighth largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 medical facilities across Oklahoma, including Woodward Regional Hospital.  

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting www.obi.org.

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