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July 27, 2012

OBI sets day to give thanks

Woodward, Okla. — Are you one of the many Oklahomans that have received blood during surgery or after an accident? Then the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is encouraging all that have received a blood donation to participate in this years "Blood Thanks and Giving Day" on Thursday, August 2.

"This day brings attention to the fact that people are all around us that have received blood," said Leslie Gamble, director or community relations for OBI.

OBI started the "Blood Thanks and Giving Day" 4 years ago to encourage those who have been recipients of a blood donation to tell their stories and inspire others to give blood, Gamble said.

"People can share their stories 2 ways, by visiting our website, www.obi.org, or by going to their local OBI donation site to fill out a postcard," she said.

These stories will be shared with the public to help illustrate all the lives that blood donation help save.

"So many of our donors do this as a selfless act, so they know that people are being helped when they give blood, but it is also inspiring when they meet or hear the stories of someone they may have helped," Gamble said.

For those who share their stories of how a blood donation saved their life, Gamble says they will receive a T-shirt to wear on August 2 so everyone knows they are here today because someone gave blood.

According to an OBI press release, every 2 seconds someone needs blood.  Yet less than 10 percent of eligible U.S. donors actually give blood each year, the release states.

There will be several chances for Woodward residents to donate blood during the next few weeks.

According to the OBI, mobile blood donation centers will be in Woodward on August 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at both Wal-Mart and the K101 center.   Additional blood drives will be held on August 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Woodward Regional Hospital; August 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Woodward Nazarene Church; August 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Living Word Fellowship and August 19 at the Woodward First Christian Church from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are interested in giving blood you must be at least 16-years-old, meet certain weight criteria and be in generally good health, according to the OBI.

To donate at any of the upcoming blood drives, you may schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-340-8777 or visiting the OBI website at www.obi.org.

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