Blood donors save the day for Bryan County

By Jessica Breger jbreger@civitasmedia.com

June 27, 2014

Bryan County celebrates a super win as they break the city of Durant’s two-year winning streak at this year’s city vs. county blood drive.

The City of Durant and Bryan County went head to head once again to see who could get the most blood donations Thursday.

This is the seventh time the two entities have hosted this drive, working together and competing to get blood for the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

This year, the entities asked citizens to be someone’s superhero and save lives by giving blood. In the spirit of heroism, both sign-in booths were decked out in popular superhero decorations.

Bryan County received 75 donations and the City of Durant received 66. County Commissioner Tony Simmons said the drive ended when the they ran out of blood bags.

“It was an excellent turnout,” said Simmons, adding that he believes this was one of the best turnouts ever for this event.

As the winner of this year’s drive, Simmons is to be served breakfast by Durant City Manager Jim Dunegan. He said he is confident whatever Dunegan brings him will be good.

“Whatever he brings, I bet I’ll eat it,” he said.

All blood donations go to the Oklahoma Blood Institute to be used by Oklahoma residents in need.