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December 1, 2012

Blood drive planned

NORMAN — Sooner Mall invites all Norman-area residents to get in the giving spirit by donating life-saving blood.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is conducting a blood drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the mall, 3302 W. Main St.

Each donor will receive an OBI ball cap, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBI’s online store. Any donor who wishes to support the Global Blood Fund can forgo the ball cap. In turn, OBI will make a monetary contribution of similar value to the Global Blood Fund, according to a news release from drive organizers.

“We’re blessed to be surrounded by giving people who respond when they know of a need,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of OBI. “The gift of blood is a life-saving one. It’s difficult to think of anything more important that we personally can do.”

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by in any emergency situation when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified. 

Info:877-340-8777.

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