Wednesday, December 19th - Saint Francis Hospital Hosts Blood DriveDec 19, 2012
Saint Francis Hospital invites all Tulsa-area residents to get in the giving spirit by donating life-saving blood. Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will conduct a Tulsa community blood drive December 19, 7 am to 7:30 pm, in the hospital’s Education Center, 6161 S Yale.
Sub-sandwiches will be served to donors from 10:30 am to the end of the drive and all donors will receive a $5 meal ticket courtesy of Saint Francis Hospital. Each donor will receive an OBI ball cap, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBI’s online store.
Any donor who wishes to support the Global Blood Fund can forgo the ball cap. In turn, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to the Global Blood Fund. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ by saving a life locally, and supporting safe blood availability in the world’s poorest countries.
Because there is no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed.
Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.
Anyone, 16 years or older*, can typically donate blood. To find out more or make an appointment to donate, call 877-340-8777 or visit www.obi.org.
*16 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 must weigh at least 110 pounds.