Tahlequah Daily Press

March 25, 2014

OBI to host three area blood drives


TAHLEQUAH — Oklahoma Blood Institute will host three blood drives at the end of March.

Those who are healthy and 16 years or older are urged to give.

The blood drive at Tahlequah City Hospital will be Friday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the hospitals’ West Conference Room behind Armstrong Bank, 1400 E. Downing.

The OBI Bloodmobile will be at Verizon Wireless, 1702 S. Muskogee, on March 28, between 1 and 6 p.m. The Easter Bunny, free hot dogs, and door prizes donated by local businesses will be available.

Cookson United Methodist Church, 21685 W. Cookson Bend Road, will have a blood drive Monday, March 31, 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Patients throughout some 144 medical facilities across the state, rely on OBI blood donors for every drop of blood needed as they battle for their lives.

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 their services to local patients through voluntary blood donors. More information on the charity is available online at www.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,” John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO, said.

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 schedulean appointment online at www.obi.org.