Share the love and donate blood at Northwestern

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Share the love and donate blood at Northwestern

February 14, 2012 

Alva-area residents can ‘share the love’ this February by donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). All donors at the two-day Northwestern Oklahoma State University blood drive, held in the Ranger Room, Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will receive an OBI ice scraper, free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points.

On Feb. 24, Northwestern-Enid will play host to a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information about this drive, contact Lori Coonrod, student services coordinator, at (580) 213-3147 or

Donations can be made during another two-day blood drive at Northwestern-Woodward, on Feb. 29-March 1, in the Commons Area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Charlie Burns, secretary and events coordinator, at (580) 254-2503 or

Northwestern sorority members from Delta Zeta and Alpha Sigma Alpha are co-sponsoring the event. This blood drive also is a credit-to-patient drive with donations being credited to Bradley Gilbert, a 2007 graduate who recently received a bone marrow transplant.

Healthy donors who are 16 years old must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

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). Oklahoma Blood Institute and the AHA share a common goal, to keep people healthy. The AHA wants everyone to know their numbers and act on them. That’s the first step in changing cardiovascular health statistics. Because blood donors receive a mini health check, including blood pressure and cholesterol results, every time they come to donate, those numbers are readily available to each donor.

“As the winter months come to a close, it’s important for donors to continue giving,” said John Armitage, Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “Oklahoma weather remains unpredictable, but the need for blood remains steady.”

Blood donations can be made every 56 days. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 135 medical facilities across Oklahoma.

For more information or to make an appointment at the Northwestern-Alva blood drive, contact Rachel Stewart, special events coordinator, at (580) 327-8178 or