May 9, 2014 – Blood donors who boost community supplies for the Memorial Day holiday weekend will enjoy pulled-pork sandwiches at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s (OBI) Ardmore Donor Center, 1420 Veterans Blvd. The blood drive, Thursday and Friday, May 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is sponsored by the Oklahoma Pork Council (okPORK). One lucky, Oklahoma donor will win a barbeque pork picnic for 40, compliments of okPORK. This marks the eighth year okPORK has supported this event.
“Oklahoma’s hog farmers have an ethical obligation to support our local communities,” said Roy Lee Lindsey, okPORK executive director. “Supporting OBI demonstrates this commitment to help anyone in our state who needs blood this summer. Some of our farmers and members of their families have needed blood before. We realize the personal impact of blood donation.”
“We urgently need people to give now! The lives of people needing blood in our hospitals could easily be in jeopardy without help before this holiday,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO. “Although we have fun and great food at this event, it is as serious as saving lives of those who are our family, friends and neighbors. We are truly grateful for those who take the time before the holiday to give an hour to help others in our area.”
Each person who gives will receive a voucher for two admissions to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a zoo-themed t-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards Points. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.obi.orgor call toll-free 1-877-340-8777.
OBI provides every drop of blood used by Mercy Memorial Health Center, Ardmore Regional Surgery Center and Southern Oklahoma Surgical Center, along with some 140 other medical facilities throughout Oklahoma.
Since there is no substitute for human blood, and supplies must be constantly renewed, the need for donation is great. However, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., less thanten percent actually donate each year. Blood donation generally takes only about one hour and can be done as often as every 56 days.Each blood donor can save the lives of up to three Oklahomans.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA PORK COUNCIL
Oklahoma Pork Council (okPORK) consists of hog farmers from the state of Oklahoma. okPORK promotes pork and pork products, funds research and educates consumers and farmers about hog farming and its products. okPORK provides consumers with current information regarding food safety, nutritional value and preparation tips for pork products.
About Oklahoma Blood Institute
Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) manages the life-saving donations for more than 140,000 individuals each year. OBI is the ninth largest, independent non-profit blood center in the United States. Volunteer blood donors give more than a quarter-of-a-million units of blood a year through OBI to provide an adequate and safe blood supply throughout our region. Once tested and processed by OBI’s medical professionals, donated blood and its components are transported to patients at some 140 medical facilities in Oklahoma. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OBI has four donor centers in the OKC metro area as well as locations in Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, and Tulsa.