Claremore High School’s ROTC students are hoping community residents turn out this week to give the gift of life during the “Wind From Within” blood drive.

Slated for 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday in the lobby of the Robson Performing Arts Center, this blood drive comes at a time when the need for donors is more critical than ever, according to CHS ROTC advisor Murray Estabrook.

“The holidays are traditionally a time of the year when blood bank supplies are already low,” Estabrook said. “With the recent natural disasters in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, on top of recent mass shootings, blood banks need for donors is even more critical.

“I’ve been involved in blood drives for 40 years, and honestly, this is as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” Estabrook said. “It’s more crucial now than ever for people to roll up their sleeves and donate.”

Persons donating blood may choose from an OU or OSU t-shirt (while supplies last), and an anonymous donor will be giving $100 to the local elementary school with the most parents of students who donate.

For more information, call 918-519-4605.

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