Northwestern plans one-day blood drive April 14

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Northwestern plans one-day blood drive April 14

April 7, 2010

Members of the Student Government Association at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will play host to a one-day blood drive on Wednesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Percefull Fieldhouse. Donors will receive a free tote bag, health screening and member for life points. Individuals must also present a photo ID to donate.

SGA encourages all healthy adults, 17 and older, to help them reach their goal for this drive, 150 usable units of blood. All blood types are needed. Those with O negative blood types are especially asked to give since they comprise only 9 percent of the population, and have the blood type that can be universally used.

“We’re facing a very serious situation that’s requiring these extra measures,” John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO, said. “We’re pleading for blood donors. The blood supply is vulnerable. We are sincerely grateful to donors who make it a priority to give now.”

One in three people will need blood in a lifetime. Donors can give blood every 56 days. Each time a person donates blood, it can save the lives of as many as three people.

“Blood is currently available to meet patients’ need at the hospitals we serve; however, our reserve levels, the projections for need and expected donors within the next few days cause us great concern,” Armitage said.

Contact Denise Bay, special events coordinator, at dhbay@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8178, to volunteer for this event or with questions regarding the blood drive.

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