OBI faces shortage, needs blood donors

Oklahoma Blood Institute

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma Blood Institute will host an "All-American" blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Oakwood Mall, 4125 W. Garriott.

OBI is asking Enid residents to "make donation a priority" to meet demand, as blood donations wane during the summer months.

“The summer months, in addition to the recent severe flooding and upcoming Independence Day holiday, put incredible stress on the blood supply for patients in our state,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO. “We are grateful for all donors who can take time before and during the holiday week to help Oklahomans who will need blood throughout the summer.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute’s volunteer donors provide all the blood needed by patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances across Oklahoma, according to an OBI press release.

Two tickets to an Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball game will be awarded to every person who gives blood this Saturday.

Each donor will also receive their choice of a voucher for one free entry to Science Museum Oklahoma or for two free entries to Safari Joe’s H20 Water and Adventure Park and a “Summer Vibes” T-shirt.

Anyone, age 16 (with parental consent) and older, and generally in good health, can donate blood.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at this drive, call (877) 340-8777, or visit www.obi.org.

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