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Posted: August 19, 2014

Oklahoma Beef Council Promotes Pre-Labor Day Blood Donation

Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) encourages blood donors to “beef up” the blood supply prior to the Labor Day holiday. Anyone who gives blood at any OBI donor center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, will receive an all-beef hot dog, courtesy of Oklahoma Beef Council. K95.5 Today’s Country will broadcast live from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at OBI’s Tulsa Donor Center, 4601 E. 81st St.

Each donor will receive a choice of an OBI 2014 OU or OSU donor T-shirt, along with free health screenings and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game to be played on Dec. 6.(1)  Donors at the Tulsa Donor Center also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Eric Church concert featuring special guests Dwight Yoakam and Brandy Clark at BOK Center, Nov. 1, courtesy of K95.5 Today’s Country.

Holiday weekends, like Labor Day weekend, often lead to a decline in blood donations, according to Dr. John Armitage, OBI President and CEO. “This can put the lives of Oklahomans in jeopardy. Although we have fun with this event, saving lives of our family, friends and neighbors is a serious matter.  We are grateful for our partners and donors who have taken time before this holiday weekend to help beef up the blood supply.”

OBI provides every drop of blood used by more than 150 medical facilities throughout Oklahoma. For location information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.obi.org or call 1-877-340-8777.

Since there is no substitute for human blood, and supplies must be constantly renewed, the need for donation is great.  According to America’s Blood Centers, one in three people will need blood during a lifetime.  However, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., less than ten percent actually donate each year.  Anyone 16 years and older can donate (2) and blood donation generally takes only about one hour and can be done as often as every 56 days. Each blood donor can save the lives of up to three Oklahomans. 

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