The Claremore High School summer blood drive is billed as “summer vibes and saving lives,” but the need is much more serious than the t-shirt phrase suggests.

Claremore NJROTC Commander Murry Estabrook said, “Between the flooding throughout Northeast Oklahoma and the storms that caused several drives to be cancelled, blood supplies are low.”

The blood drive is Thursday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Claremore Conference Center, 1400 W. Country Club Rd., behind Walmart.

All donors receive a “summer vibes and saving lives” t-shirt, a movie ticket to Cinergy Entertainment Tulsa, and a choice of one ticket to Science Museum Oklahoma or two tickets to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park.

“Appointments for up to 80 people are available Thursday,” Estabrook said.

Claremore High School blood drives average 375 donors a year.

“As a result, this year we were able to give $3,000 in post secondary scholarships to student donators and volunteers,” Estabrook said.

One was reserved for the graduating senior who donated the most blood over their high school career and the other two went to students with the most volunteer hours at blood drives.

“Everyone who donates helps us continue to give these scholarships to student donors continuing their education,” Estabrook said.

To schedule an appointment, visit obi.org or contact Commander Estabrook at 918-519-4605.