Give blood at Northwestern's blood drive Oct. 6-7

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Give blood at Northwestern's blood drive Oct. 6-7

September 29, 2010

Blood donors at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 6, and Thursday, Oct. 7, will receive a free t-shirt and health screenings from Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).

All healthy adults, 17 and older, are encouraged to donate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Student Center Ranger Room. This drive is sponsored by the President’s Leadership Class.

Free snacks will be offered during the blood drive. On Thursday, the Rowdy Rangers will be serving food to donors who received a coupon from Wednesday’s blood drive. Any Thursday donors will receive a coupon for the lunch, too. Coupons must be presented to receive a meal at the cook out.

The Rowdy Ranger’s will begin cooking at noon, outside the Student Center. Boss Music also will be outside during this time playing music.

“One in three people will need blood in a lifetime,” said John Armitage, president and CEO for Oklahoma Blood Institute. “That is why it is important to donate every 56 days for patients in our local hospitals who need blood to survive.”

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, 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 when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, contact Denise Bay, special events coordinator, at (580) 327-8178 or dhbay@nwosu.edu.

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