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July 2, 2014

Blood drives planned at three Tahlequah locations

TAHLEQUAH — Residents of Tahlequah and the surrounding area can give blood this summer, and not only save lives, but when they donate with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), they’ll also get two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and OBI “Feel Cool” T-shirts.

Upcoming opportunities to give blood include: Cherokee Eldercare, 1387 W. Fourth St., Wednesday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Ki Bois Community Action, 1404 S. Muskogee Ave., Monday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Go Ye Village, 1201 W. Fourth St., Thursday, July 17, noon to 5 p.m.

“For patients in need of blood, there’s no summer vacation,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO. “That’s why it’s crucial that blood donors take just an hour to donate blood. The lives of our friends, co-workers and neighbors may depend on it.”

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older is encouraged to donate. Sixteen year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18 year olds and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Patients who receive blood exclusively from OBI donors include those in Northeastern Health System and W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital. In fact, Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed to some 150 medical facilities statewide.

All blood types are needed, but those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Although it is present in only nine percent of the U.S. population, it can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, according to the American Association of Blood Banks. This creates an immense and constant need for blood donors with O-negative blood.

Appointments are not required to donate at this blood drive, but can be made by calling Tammy Crites at 918-636-6640 or scheduling online at www.obi.org.

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