CHS Junior ROTC and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) held their 10th annual blood drive Monday in the Frank Mobra Fieldhouse lobby.
One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood. An estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate at any moment, however less than 10 percent do so annually, according to an OBI release.
OBI provides needed blood to patients in 150 medical facilities across the state. This year, JROTC chose two Claremore residents suffering from leukemia.
The patients will receive blood transfusions from the high school donors.
“It makes me proud to see students donating for a good cause,” said JROTC Instructor Murry Estabrook.
More than 160 students and faculty members donated during the JROTC sponsored drive.
The drive is held each year for the program’s “Holly Days of Giving” and Memorial Day in May.
“There is no substitute for human blood,” said Estabrook. “Donations are always needed and usually down before the holidays while demand is up.”
For giving blood, donors receive a free health screening, their choice of an OU or OSU T-shirt and rewards points redeemable for merchandise and gift cards in the OBI online store.