Woodward, Okla. —
FORT SUPPLY - The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Fort Supply High School are partnering to hold a community blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the foyer of the school's new gym.
The blood drive is part of a project sponsored by the school's student council.
"There's a huge need for blood right now," said student council sponsor Kelly Williams. "We hold the drives to try and get more people interested in contributing."
Most people who are healthy and over age 16 may give blood, but certain conditions apply.
A complete list of donor criteria is available at obi.org.
Donors will get an OBI T-shirt, a health screening and donor reward points, which they may redeem for merchandise from OBI's online store.
Or if they prefer, the donors may forego the T-shirt, and a contribution for its value, about $2, will be made to the OBI-created Global Blood Fund to assist with blood needs in developing countries.
OBI provides blood to more than 140 Oklahoma medical facilities, including Woodward Regional Hospital.
An appointment is not required. But for those wanting to schedule a donation time in advance, they must do so by Jan. 15. Go to the obi.org website or call, toll-free, (877) 340-8777 to make an appointment or get more information.