Time is Running Out to Give Blood and Get Free Zoo Admission

Posted on 08/01/2017

Donors who save lives by giving blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute will receive a pass for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a free “Keep It Local” t-shirt through the month of August.* 

Join Tinker AFB Exchange at a blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute from 8 a.m. to Noon, Friday, Aug. 4 on the bloodmobile at 3360 N. Avenue, Bldg 685Healthy adults**, age 16 and older, can give blood. 

Oklahoma Blood Institute serves more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities statewide, and the need for blood is constant. 

“Blood is essential for patients facing medical trauma or those undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Whether we know them or not, there are people right now who are counting on us to give.” 

Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors per day to meet the needs of patients.  There is no substitute for blood, and the donation process takes about an hour.  Blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year. 

If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, funds will be given to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization helping to procure much-needed blood center supplies in developing countries. 

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by visiting obi.org or calling (877) 340-8777. 

* Vouchers good for two free zoo admissions.  Applies to regular zoo admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offer expires December 31, 2017


**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

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