Going on today (08-29-20) the OBI (Oklahoma Blood Institute) is hosting a blood drive at Legend Driven, located at 5002 N.W. Cache Road. The blood drive will take place from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

The OBI is in desperate need of blood and plasma donors. We're facing a community, state and even National blood shortage. The supply faces constant need and requires replenishing regularly. Blood and blood products have a shelf life and are perishable. Meaning if blood donors don't donate, the supply runs out.

The need for blood is great and it's uses in various medical applications are invaluable. From life saving transfusions in emergency situations, surgeries of all types, cancer treatments and more. By donating you're literally helping to save a life, possibly a friend, family member or neighbor.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and all it's brought in the way of self-quarantining, shelter in place orders, closures, cancellations, unemployment plus the general fear of just getting out and about has all added up to reduce the blood supply.

Not only blood, but plasma. The OBI are collecting Convalescent plasma to assist in the search for a vaccine to combat COVID-19. If you've recovered from Coronavirus please donate plasma to help with treatments and the development of vaccines. You could be a big part in help combating the virus and saves lives.

All blood donors will be entered for a chance to win a one-week dream getaway to Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, provided by Fundraisingtrips.org.

A finalist from each drive or center location will be randomly chosen, then a final winner will be picked from those finalists (also at random). Make your appointment at www.yourbloodintitute.org
Each blood donor will also get a free, limited edition t-shirt, and a choice of voucher for one entry to Science Museum Oklahoma or Frontier City Theme Park in OKC, or two entries to Safari Joe's H2O / Water Park in Tulsa. Vouchers must be redeemed online through your donor profile.
It typically takes only about an hour to give blood. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood for more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities statewide.
Oklahoma Blood Institute will follow CDC Guidelines during all blood drives
- Appointments are needed to participate to help ensure social distancing
- All Oklahoma Blood Institute staff will wear face masks
- All donors will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided if needed.
- Temperatures will be taken of all donors and staff before entering the blood drive.