Blood donors will receive their choice of t-shirt in one of three featured colors, “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal.

MIAMI ─ The Oklahoma Blood Institute is looking for local heroes who are strong, bold, and fearless to help save the lives of their fellow Oklahomans.

Blood donors will receive their choice of t-shirt in one of three featured colors, “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal. Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, have the opportunity to give blood* at one of the following drives:

Miami: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., First Baptist Church NEO A&M College: Thursday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Activity Center

“Accidents happen. People are battling cancer. Babies are born prematurely,” said Jan Laub, Executive Director, Tulsa. “The need for blood is constant, and there is no substitute. Unfortunately, until we know that someone is fighting for life, we just don’t think about how critical it is.”

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Blood donation takes about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.

Donors also receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s online store. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide including Integris Miami Hospital. Approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors are needed each day to maintain the supply.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; those 18+ must weigh at least 110 pounds.