Final spring blood drive to take place at Northwestern April 25

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Final spring blood drive to take place at Northwestern April 25

April 19, 2012 

Blood donors can feel good knowing they are saving lives of community members with their donation at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University blood drive. Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, in the Student Center Ranger Room.

The Woodward Regional Hospital has expressed a need for blood products for patients who were injured in the recent Woodward tornado. Donating at Northwestern’s drive can help benefit those in need of blood.

Donors also can sign up for a drawing to receive a $20 Walmart gift card. Three will be given away that day.

Anyone who is 16 years and older can donate. Blood donations can be made every 56 days. All blood donors will receive an OBI t-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Reward Points.

Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the donor appreciation item, funds designated for this item will be directed to OBI’s partnering organization, the American Heart Association (AHA). OBI and the AHA share a common goal, to keep people healthy.

Although all blood types are needed to maintain OBI’s typical three-day supply, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate.

According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-negative blood type make up only 9 percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of their type.

A special thank you goes to Chartwell’s for providing sandwiches for this event.

For more information, to make an appointment or to volunteer, contact Rachel Stewart, special events coordinator, at (580) 327-8178 or rsstewart@nwosu.edu.

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