A Tri City area high school will be hosting a blood drive next week to benefit the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).
Blanchard High School will hold a blood drive Wednesday, Mar. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school gym lobby. All donors will receive a free health screening and t-shirt.
“While everyone anticipates Spring Break, it poses a challenge for our blood center,” John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and CEO, said. “We see far fewer donors due to vacations and other activities. However, patients in our local hospitals still need our support. Donating at this blood drive can help alleviate our concerns during March.”
Any healthy student age 16 or older is eligible to give blood. Donors who are 16 years old must have signed parental permission and weigh at least 125 pounds.
OBI supplies donor blood to 140 medical facilities across Oklahoma, and is the ninth-largest non-profit blood center in the nation.
Students who forego the free t-shirt will have a monetary donation made to the Global Blood Fund in their name.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-877-340-8777 or visit obi.org.