The Woodward News

January 2, 2014

Blood drive set at Sharon-Mutual


Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — An Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) blood drive is scheduled at Sharon-Mutual High School on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Each donor will receive a limited edition Duck Dynasty-themed t-shirt, emblazoned with “Hey, Jack! Give Blood.”  Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBI’s online store, will also be provided. Any donor who wishes to support the Global Blood Fund can forgo the t-shirt. In turn, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to the Global Blood Fund.  It’s a chance to give ‘again’ to support blood centers in countries lacking even the basics for a secure and safe blood supply.

“Capturing the joy for life of the popular duck commanders seems like a great way to meet the need for blood while giving those donating something to smile about,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute.

 Because there is no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed.

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by in any emergency situation when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.

 Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, nonprofit blood center in America, exclusively providing every drop of blood needed by patients in Woodward Regional Hospital. Some 140 other medical facilities across the state also rely solely on OBI to provide life-saving blood for their patients.

 Anyone, 16 years or older*, can typically donate blood.  Appointments are not required but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

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