Heavener High School is ‘sharing the love’ by saving lives through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). All healthy adults, 16 and older, are encouraged to donate blood from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 23.
A T-shirt will be given to each donor. Even though donating only takes about one hour and has a tremendous impact, only 10 percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do. People with negative blood types are especially urged to give.
Only 18 percent of the population has negative blood types, but those with these types must have negative blood when needed. One single donation can save as many as three lives and donations can be made every 56 days.
Donors will also receive health screening and Donor Rewards Points, redeemable at OBI’s online store. Additionally, if a blood donor chooses to decline the T-shirt, the funds designated for it will be directed to Global Blood Fund (GBF), a charity whose mission is to make safe blood available in the world’s poorest countries.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is a nonprofit regional blood center that provides every drop of blood needed for patients in 158 hospitals and air ambulances statewide. Appointments to give at the blood drive are available by calling (877) 340-8777 or visiting obi.org.
*16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.