Tahlequah Daily Press

March 17, 2014

Rotary Club, First State Bank hosting blood drive


TAHLEQUAH — An Oklahoma Blood Institute blood drive at First State Bank will have impact near and far. The event will occur in the Bloodmobile, parked at First State Bank, 1111 S. Muskogee Ave., March 18, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those who are healthy and 16 years or older are urged to give.

Tahlequah City Hospital and W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital are among some 144 medical facilities across the state that rely on OBI blood donors for every drop of blood needed.

During the month of March, donors will also help struggling blood centers a world away. OBI will make a financial contribution in honor of each donor to Global Blood Fund.

Global Blood Fund is a nonprofit that supports blood centers in underserved areas of the world. Equipment and supplies, often unavailable in certain countries, are provided through the charity. To date, blood centers in Mexico, Haiti, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Georgia, Armenia and Japan have been able to elevate services to local patients through voluntary donors. More information on the charity is online at globalbloodfund.org.

“Blood donors will have the satisfaction of knowing they are saving lives of those in our area hospitals, and also making a difference for blood centers abroad, lacking even the basics,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO.

All donors receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points, redeemable online for gift cards and merchandise.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (877) 340-8777 or schedule online at obi.org.