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You Can Save the Lives of Children and Adults: Give Blood Today

blood emergency

 

This winter has been particularly harsh to Oklahoma, which has affected families across the state. Children and adults are in need of blood donations in order to maintain their normal day-to-day lives. Due to the inclement weather, the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is suffering a critical shortage. As per national blood center policy, OBI only carries a three-to-five day supply on hand at any time and currently they are suffering from a critical need. As of today, OBI has reached a blood emergency with less than a one day supply on their shelves.

 

 

According to Jamie Davis, Community Relations Coordinator for the Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas Blood Institutes, children need blood transfusions as frequently as adults do. Infants and children are regular recipients of blood because of genetic abnormalities, leukemia or other cancers, and other medical emergencies.  

 

Over 140 medical facilities across the state receive blood from fellow Oklahomans. This means “more than 125,000 donors provide more than 250,000 gifts of blood yearly for transfusion and associated clinical services.” Donations give the gift of life for people in need.

 

Besides the outreach to children through donations, OBI also educates children about the importance of blood through their Kids Care program. This program educates kids in how to be advocates who encourage eligible donors to give blood.  As only 10 percent of eligible donors in Oklahoma give, children are learning valuable life-lessons about one of the most important ways to give back.

 

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is a service to the community that cannot be replaced if they disappear.

 

Schedule a donation or find a blood drive today in order to help someone, perhaps a child, in their time of need. 

 

 

The Edmond, Norman, and Oklahoma City donor centers have extended hours this week to account for the shortage. 

 

obi special hours

 

Sources:

 

About OBI

 

Winter Storm OBI Press Release

 

Child Recipient Stories:

Ridge Carry, who has a rare genetic condition.

Abby Riggs, who has leukemia. 


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