OBI Blood Drive Looking for 116 Donors Dec. 1-2

November 29, 2021

December Blood Drive

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Alva campus is partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 1-2, in the Student Center Ranger Room.

The blood donor goal for the event sponsored by the Northwestern softball and volleyball teams is 116. This event is open to the public.

Blood donation is safe and critically important, despite concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19).

Individuals who receive the most common COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – are eligible to donate blood and platelets with no waiting time.

Vaccine-related confusion – in conjunction with higher hospital usage due to COVID-19 patients – has created an ongoing need for blood and platelet donations.

“The health of our donors is an integral part of our life-saving mission,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of OBI. “As more Oklahomans are vaccinated, it is important for them to know they’re eligible to give blood and platelets, even the same day they receive their vaccination. As the pandemic persists, the impact on the community blood supply continues as well—so we urge healthy adults, age 16 and up, to make blood donation a priority.”

Save time and complete the screening questions online at https://obi.org/donor-express. The confirmation sheet must be printed on the day of the donation. Please have a photo ID available to give blood.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted as the schedule allows. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.

All blood donors will receive a free limited edition holiday-themed long-sleeved t-shirt, free health screenings and donor rewards points. Free pizza will be available, and all donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $25 Northwestern bookstore gift card.

If donors choose to not take the t-shirt, funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization helping secure supplies and bloodmobiles for blood centers in developing countries.

Those wishing to donate are encouraged to go online and make an appointment. To make an appointment for Wednesday, Dec. 1, visit https://www.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/363306.

To make an appointment for Thursday, Dec. 2, visit
https://www.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/363305.

To volunteer or have questions answered contact Kaylyn Hansen, service learning coordinator, at (580) 327-8150 or klhansen@nwosu.edu.

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CONTACT FOR RELEASE
Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist
eedavis@nwosu.edu 580-327-8480



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