Help save the lives of local patients by donating blood this summer.

Blood donors will receive a trendy “Summer Vibes” t-shirt* and a voucher for free admission to their choice of Frontier City, Science Museum Oklahoma, or Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa at one of the following drives*:

· McAlester Bankers for Blood; Thursday, July 25, 11 to 6 PM at 3rd & Adams in McAlester

· Farmers State Bank of Quinton; Thursday, July 25, 11 to 3:30 PM at 1100 Main St. in Quinton

· National Oilwell Varco; Wednesday, July 31, 11 to 3 PM at 201 N George Nigh Expressway in McAlester

“Summer is a particularly challenging time for the blood supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “We are so proud to partner with fantastic local attractions -- and to welcome a new partner, Frontier City. Frontier City, Science Museum Oklahoma, and Safari Joe’s are all great places to have fun this summer, and they have generously provided us another way to thank our donors for their life-saving gifts.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on donations from approximately 1,200 donors each day to meet the needs of patients statewide. One blood donation can save as many as three lives.

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s generous donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities, and air ambulances statewide. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

*Donor must request voucher online at yourbloodinstitute.org to redeem. 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

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