Follow Your Instinct! Give Blood for National Blood Donor Month!

December 27, 2019 ─ January is National Blood Donor Month, and the perfect time to make a resolution to save local lives. Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages healthy adults to “follow their instinct,” and set aside about an hour from their busy schedules to donate blood.*

Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with Cheyenne Community sponsored by Roger Mills Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, 1/7/2020, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church Family Center, 608 East Broadway, Cheyenne, OK 73628. Each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved t-shirt.

“Some of our friends and neighbors are facing another year of difficult and life-threatening health challenges,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “We invite you to make a resolution in 2020 to give blood or platelets on a regular basis to ensure that the right blood is available for patients at the right time.” Blood recipients have the opportunity to send a message of appreciation to their individual blood donor, anonymously, through Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Thank the Donor™ program. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed. One blood donation can save up to three patients’ lives. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries. As the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood collector, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide. It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting 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.