The Oklahoma Troopers Spouses Organization and the American Red Cross invite area residents to roll up a sleeve and help save a life at the inaugural OTS blood drive Aug.15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center, 1515 W. Main St.
The Oklahoma Troopers Spouses Organization unites partners of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol with a mission of providing ongoing support and camaraderie. In August, the organization will sponsor eight Red Cross blood drives across Oklahoma as an extension of this mission.
“We know as well as anyone the importance of a stable blood supply,” said Kasey Earls, OTS Troop C co-chairman and Community Outreach Committee chair. “We watch our spouses walk out the door every morning, knowing they could be injured at any moment while doing their jobs. Many of us have seen blood transfusions save their lives during hospital visits. OTS wanted to provide an avenue for Oklahomans to make a lifesaving donation so every patient can receive what they need.”
Including the Durant blood drive, OTS will be sponsoring drives in seven other Oklahoma cities. On Aug. 15, drives will be held in Tulsa, Moore, McAlester and Muskogee. Aug. 22, drives will be held in Enid, Shawnee and Sallisaw.
“The Red Cross is grateful to the Oklahoma Troopers Spouses Organization for choosing to help us with summer donations by sponsoring these eight blood drives across Oklahoma,” said Makailyn Dillon, representative, Donor Recruitment, Southwest Blood Services Region. “We’re urging the Durant community to support this great group and pay it forward for patients needing blood this summer.”
The Oklahoma Troopers Spouses Organization blood drives come as the Red Cross faces a critical summer blood shortage. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and eligible donors are urged to give now. As a special thank you, those who come to give blood with the Red Cross through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
To schedule an appointment to donate at this upcoming blood drive, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code OTSDurant.
What to know about giving blood
To make an appointment or more information, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Submitted by the Red Cross.