Blood donors needed

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There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in local hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute or OBI.

A blood drive in Duncan on Sunday provides the opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old to make a life-saving difference. The blood drive will take place at the Duncan First United Methodist Church from 8-10:30 a.m.

Those 16 years old must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; and those 18 or older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and the popular “You Otter Give Blood” T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Health screenings and donor rewards points, redeemable in OBI’s online store, are also provided to donors.

Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund or GBF, any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries. Anyone wishing to support GBF also can text a $10 tax-deductible donation to BLOOD at 52000.

“Everyone knows someone who’s needed blood. It impacts all ages of people and often arises unexpectedly as a result of accident or illness,” said Daren Coats, vice president of Western Divisions “Whether we know them or not, there are people now who are counting on us to give.”

Patients who receive blood exclusively from OBI donors include those in Duncan Regional Hospital. OBI is the source for every drop of blood needed to 161 medical facilities statewide.

Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting

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