The OBI (Oklahoma Blood Institute) 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. Now is the time to donate. The OBI is located at 211 S.W. A Avenue in downtown Lawton, OK. You can drop in, or make an appointment call: (580)-350-6100 or visit the official website at www.obi.org for hours and details. It's completely safe and they're following all the required safety and health protocols such as social distancing and sanitation.

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.