According to the Oklahoma Blood Institute, every two seconds someone needs blood, yet less than ten percent of those eligible to give blood do it.

MIAMI - The Oklahoma Blood Institute is facilitating a Community Blood Drive in Miami Tuesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by Integris Miami Hospital.

Donors will receive a limited edition vintage t-shirt in purple, blue or green.

According to OBI, every two seconds someone needs blood, yet less than ten percent of those eligible to give blood do it. Blood donors with OBI know they are, literally, saving the lives of their friends, family and co-workers, some who may have no idea they will need blood in an urgent situation. One blood donation can save up to three peoples’ lives.

Be Prepared

Before donating eat well, try to always include iron-rich foods in your diet. These foods include: beef, pork, poultry (chicken, turkey), fish, lamb, clams, oysters, nuts, raisins, peas, spinach and other dark, leafy greens.

Get a good night’s sleep.

Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking water 30 minutes before giving blood has been found to improve the donation experience. Drinking fluids before your donation helps maintain good circulation throughout your body, and helps prevent light-headedness.

Bring a photo ID with you. When you arrive, there will be a brief registration process.

The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 24 A St., Miami. Walk-ins are welcome.