OBI Media Release


February 26, 2019 ─ Oklahoma Blood Institute needs strong, inspiring, giving, and heroic blood donors to save the lives of local patients!

Blood donors will receive their choice of inspirational t-shirt in one of three featured colors: coral, sky blue, or gray.  Donors will also receive a coupon from Whataburger for a free honey butter chicken biscuit and be entered for a chance to win Whataburger for a year!  Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, can give blood at one of the following drives*:

·         Perkins Family Clinic, 509 E. Hwy 33, Bldg 2; Friday, March 1st, from 10am to 2pm

·         Perkins-Tryon High School, 1003 E. HWY 33; Monday, March 4th, from 8:30am to 2pm

·         Payne County Sheriff’s Department, 606 S. Husband; Friday, March 8th, from 8:30am to 11am

·         Arvest Bank, 5215 W. 6th St.; Friday, March 8th, from 1pm to 4pm

·         Forman Harley-Davidson, 3512 S. Boomer Rd.; Saturday, March 9th, from 9:30am to 2pm

“Whether it’s an emergency or a life-threatening illness, someone needs blood every two seconds,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Blood is needed 365 days a year at our local hospitals. We encourage Oklahomans to be heroes for patients and donate as often as they can.”

O-negative blood donors are especially urged to give, as recent cold weather and flu illnesses have strained Oklahoma Blood Institute’s supply of this universal blood type.

Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on donations from approximately 1,200 donors each day to meet the needs of patients statewide.  One blood donation takes only about an hour and can save as many as three lives.

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  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.  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 generous donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide.  Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting

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