On May 3, the city of Durant and Bryan County competed to see whose employees could donate the most blood in the annual City of Durant vs. Bryan County Blood Drive.
This year, Durant took the title and as a result, Bryan County Commissioner Monty Montgomery had to put on a T-shirt that says, “The City of Durant gives more.”
He handed the coveted trophy to Durant City Manager James Dunegan and said, “I like what the back of the shirt says: ‘Everyone wins.’”
During the blood drive, 80 donors were able to donate, saving approximately 240 lives.
Blood Program Consultant for the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) Michelle McGuire said, “We just want everyone to know how much OBI is grateful to the city and county for helping with our blood supply.”
She said the bank is currently experiencing critically low levels of blood and encourages people to go and donate blood. “Memorial Day is right around the corner and we are anticipating a greater need,” she said. “We hope donors come out and help with the blood supply.”
There will be six blood drives during the month of May in Durant for anyone interested in donating. Upcoming drives are as follows: Saturday May 19, at Walmart in Durant from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday May 20, at Calvary Baptist Church from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Friday May 25, at Shamrock Bank from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Friday May 25, at Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday May 30, at Indian Nation Wholesale, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday May 31, at First Texoma National Bank from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.obi.org to find a blood drive near you.