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December 8, 2013

Blood drive scheduled for Empire

DUNCAN — Empire High School will host a blood drive conducted by the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Each donor will receive a “FEEL BOLD” T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBI’s online store. Any donor who wishes to support the Global Blood Fund can forgo theT-shirt.

In turn, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to the Global Blood Fund. It’s a chance to give ‘again’ to support blood centers in countries lacking even the basics for a secure and safe blood supply.

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate.

O-negative blood can be used by in any emergency situation when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest nonprofit blood center in America, exclusively providing every drop of blood needed by patients in Duncan Regional Hospital.

Anyone, 16 years or older, can typically donate blood. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

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