2021 Fingers Crossed

Blood donors will receive a long-sleeved "2021 Fingers Crossed" t-shirt at two area blood drives.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute will conduct “2021 Fingers Crossed” blood drives at Claremore and Sequoyah high schools, according to a media release.

Blood donors will receive a free, long-sleeved “2021 Fingers Crossed” t-shirt.

Individuals aged 16 and up are urged to give blood at one of these locations:

• Claremore High School — Robson PAC Lobby; Monday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Sequoyah High School — Hessley’s Wing & Bloodmobiles; Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are preferred. Walk-ins will be managed as schedules allow.

“Oklahomans have really done their part throughout 2020 to ensure the local blood supply despite the numerous challenges this year has dealt our community, and we thank them for their selflessness,” said Jan Laub, Executive Director Tulsa. “We urge you to take just an hour out of your busy schedule to give the precious gift of life — and offer families hope, healing and comfort this holiday season.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the local, non-profit blood supplier, supporting the inventory for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.  

All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Oklahoma Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org. More information on Oklahoma Blood Institute can be found at obi.org.

Sixteen-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required.  Donors ages 16- or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

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