Summer blood drive scheduled at Northwestern

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Summer blood drive scheduled at Northwestern

June 18, 2012

The Oklahoma Blood Institute’s summer blood drive at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 27. A goal of 60 units has been set. This summer, the drive is being sponsored by students in the Upward Bound program.

Due to renovations in the Student Center, the drive’s site has been moved to the Alabaster Room on the third floor of Vinson Hall. Vinson Hall is located directly across College Avenue from the Church of Christ.

Coordinator Rachel Stewart said the drive’s theme is “Feel Wild, Give Blood.” Each donor will receive a voucher for admission for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a blue “Feel Wild” T-shirt and a voucher for a large pizza from Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza in Enid.

Each donor also will be entered in a drawing to win Carrie Underwood concert tickets and a Kindle Fire.
Donors can choose to forego the T-shirt, and funds designated for those items will be redirected to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Donors, who automatically receive health screenings and donor rewards points, are required to be generally healthy, have a photo ID, weigh at least 125 pounds and be 16 years of age. Donations may be made every 56 days.

Stewart said about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but only about 10 percent do so. All blood types are needed in order for OBI to maintain a typical three-day supply, with O-negative type blood being especially high on the list.

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

For more information or to make an appointment, donors may contact Stewart at (580) 327-8178 or by email at rsstewart@nwosu.edu. Prospective donors also can schedule appointments on the Internet at https://ww2.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/auth/signin.

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