The Oklahoma Blood Institute held a public blood drive Tuesday in the parking lot of Lowes. Donors received two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and an OBI T-shirt.
OBI Communication Specialist Sara Wilson said the community drives are organized to help keep summer blood supplies up.
“Summer is a great time for us because people are out of their normal routines and are able to give blood,” she said.
Wilson said OBI organizes several drives in the Claremore area every year.
“People don’t realize how important community blood drives are. If there is an emergency, the supplies save lives.”
OBI is currently the eighth largest non-profit blood institute in the nation. She said Oklahomans donate twice the national average every year, providing supply for 144 medical facilities throughout the state.
The institute organizes more than 75 blood drives a month in the Tulsa and Rogers County areas.
“We need to receive at least 700 donations a day to maintain blood supply levels statewide. Right now we’re in good shape,” said Wilson. “Our goal is to make sure no patient goes without blood.”
The Claremore Navy JROTC will host an OBI Blood Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 13 at the CHS Frank Mobra Fieldhouse.