NOW: Donors needed to help with low blood supply

Having just recovered from a blood emergency in February, last week’s bout of winter weather caused the cancellation of over 1,000 units of blood. With Spring Break approaching and our blood supply sitting at a very low level, we are asking every eligible donor to give blood as soon as possible. The next two weeks are critical.
Recently on a Saturday in Ardmore, OBI provided 23 units of blood, 12 units of plasma and 4 packs of platelets in less than 6 hours… for a SINGLE PATIENT in desperate need. (The average body only has 10 pints of blood.)
It is easy to see how a trauma victim can use up to 100 units of blood in a 24 hour period. As we head into spring break, it is so important that we get the blood supply stable.
Upcoming Blood Drives:
Drive Date
City Sponsor Name Start Time End Time
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Milburn Milburn Community @Milburn High School 3:15 PM 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Lindsay Lindsay Community 11:30 AM 6:00 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Ardmore Ardmore Public Schools, Administrative Offices 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014 Thackerville Chickasaw Enterprises Travelstop 7:00 AM 2:00 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014 Madill Madill Community @ Walmart 12:00 PM 5:00 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014 Ardmore DOT Foods, Inc. 12:00 PM 3:30 PM
Saturday, March 15, 2014 Healdton Dollar General - Healdton 11:00 AM 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 16, 2014 Ardmore Calvary Christian Fellowship 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Kingston Family Care Center of Kingston 1:00 PM 3:30 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Durant Roll-Offs of America 8:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Marietta Love County Community @ Mercy Health 11:30 AM 4:30 PM
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Durant Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma 1:30 PM 5:30 PM
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Tishomingo Tishomingo Community @ Landmark Bank 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Friday, March 21, 2014 Madill Landmark Bank of Madill 11:30 AM 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 23, 2014 Calera First Baptist Church Calera 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Blood Facts:
According to the AABB: “Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent do so annually.”
Yet, 1 in 7 patients entering the hospital will require blood products.
The most common reasons for not giving blood are “they weren’t aware it was needed” and “I don’t have time”.
Also, often people wrongly assume that they would not be a suitable blood donor – diabetes, high blood pressure, tattoos, medications… call 877-340-8777 if you are unsure