The Claremore High School NJROTC will host their annual Thanksgiving blood drive Monday at the Claremore High School Frank Mobra Field House lobby, 1910 N. Florence Dr.
Commander Murry Estabrook said donations will be given to four specific Claremore residents who are currently fighting cancer.
“Last year, 189 people took time to donate. Our goal this year is 200,” Estabrook said. “If we reach our goal, we will be able to supply roughly three years worth of transfusions for the four residents.”
The annual blood drive is supplied by the Oklahoma Blood Institute. All donors will be able to choose from an OBI OSU or OU blood donor T-shirt. Donors also have the option of choosing to participate in a special initiative to support Global Blood Fund (GBF).
Funds so designated will be contributed to GBF, a non-profit organization that provides blood center technology and supplies to struggling blood centers around the world.
Estabrook said OBI will offer 15 beds for donors. Cadets will also be available to provide OBI nurses with any necessary assistance.
New this year, instead of filling out personal information at the drive, donors have the opportunity to complete the form ahead of time. To fill out health risk questions and information in advance, visit the OBI.org homepage, type in donor express, fill out the health risk questions and print out the results to bring with you to the blood drive.
“This new system will effectively increase the amount of patients we can process,” Estabrook said.
All donors must bring a photo ID in order to give blood, and must be at least 16 year of age and in healthy status. Sixteen-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission.
Seventeen-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and 18-year-olds must weigh at least 100 pounds.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, nonprofit blood center in America and provides enough blood for patients in 144 medical facilities across Oklahoma, including the Claremore Indian Hospital.
A single donation can save as many as three Oklahomans’ lives, according to information provided by OBI of Tulsa/Northeastern Oklahoma.
Donations can be made every 56 days. Appointments are not required to donate, but can be made at obi.org, or by calling (877) 340-8777.