The Oklahoma Blood Institute has two upcoming blood drives locally.
On July 14, the Woodward First Baptist Church will host a drive from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on July 15, a blood drive will be held during the EngageOK state education event at Woodward High School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donors will receive a "Summer Vibes" t-shirt and a voucher fro free admission to their choice of Frontier City, Science Museum of Oklahoma or Safari Joe's H2O Water and Adventure Park in Tulsa.
Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on donations from approximately 1,200 donors each day to meet the needs of patients statewide. One blood donation can save as many as three lives.
Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.
If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.
As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s generous donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities, and air ambulances statewide.
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.