OBI hosting several holiday blood drives, Dec. 9-10

Phlebotomist Shari Moore prepares NOC Enid student Ashlee Moore to donate blood, during a blood drive at the NOC Enid Gantz Center, Monday, December 2, 2019. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma Blood Institute is encouraging the public to "share the priceless gift of blood donation with Oklahomans in need this holiday season" at one of four blood drives in the Enid area Dec. 9-10.

"The holidays are typically a challenging time for the life-saving blood supply," according to an OBI press release, "and one donation can save the lives of up to three area patients."

Blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved holiday-themed T-shirt.

Blood drives will be hosted at the following locations and times:

• OG&E, 1401 N. 54th, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 9;

• Kremlin-Hillsdale High School, 705 5th St., Kremlin, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10;

• The Commons Health Center, 301 S. Oakwood, 8-11 a.m., Dec. 10;

• Garland Road Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1404 N. Garland, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10.

“The simple, yet selfless, act of donating blood this holiday season will give patients in local hospitals a chance to spend precious time with their families,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The cost — just an hour of your time — is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season. But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”

Blood recipients have the opportunity to send a message of appreciation to their individual blood donor, anonymously, through Oklahoma Blood Institute’s "Thank the Donor" program.

"Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed," according to OBI. "As the nation’s sixth largest non-profit blood collector, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide. It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs."

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at (877) 340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

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