May 9, 2016– Blood donors get a free trip to the zoo, just by giving this summer with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). May 16 through August 31, each person who donates at a donor center or blood drive will receive a voucher redeemable for two free admissions to the Tulsa Zoo. T-shirts with the message, “You Otter Give Blood”, will feature the Zoo’s lively otters and celebrate the zoo’s support will be given to all who donate.
Since as many as three patients’ lives in area hospitals are saved each time someone gives blood, donors can always feel good. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 90 percent of the medical facilities across the state, thanks to its volunteer donors. Oklahoma Blood Institute exclusively provides blood to all Children’s, VA and Indian Hospitals.
“We are very grateful to those who don’t let summer activities interrupt their commitment to giving blood,” said Jan Laub, Executive Director, Oklahoma Blood Institute Tulsa. “There’s no ‘vacation’ for those facing life-threatening conditions that require blood transfusions. We truly appreciate the Tulsa Zoo’s support of our mission, understanding the challenge of sustaining the blood supply during summer. Its partnership provides great motivation for people to take time to donate.”
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age* can usually give blood, and donations can be made every 56 days. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in OBI’s online store, are also provided to donors.
Tulsa’s donor center is located is located at 4601 E 81st St. To schedule an appointment to give or find a blood drive in your area, call 877-340-8777, or visit www.obi.org.
* 16 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