Our Blood Institute has declared an emergency blood shortage!

Come donate blood at the Townsquare Media Community Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Parker Square, 2525 Kell E Blvd in Wichita Falls.

Food will be served and one lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card! Donors will receive a glow-in-the-dark bear t-shirt.
Walk-ins are welcome but appointments can be made by texting 940-235-9106.
Our Blood Institute
Our Blood Institute

Below is more information from Out Blood Institute about the emergency blood shortage.

As winter weather moved into the area this past week, blood donors began cancelling appointments and blood drives were delayed, forcing an already struggling blood supply to critically low levels. This blood shortage has the potential to impact hospitals and patients in need.
Our Blood Institute (OBI) is asking donors to come in to donate as soon as possible.
Right now, OBI only has a 1–2-day supply of blood, which is well below our safe stock level. For over a week, OBI has been sending out more blood to hospitals than it is bringing in from donors. If this continues, it could impact treatments for cancer, scheduling of surgeries, and transfusions of all types. OBI is not alone in this blood deficit. In the last few weeks, other blood providers across the nation have also declared emergency blood shortages.
OBI is the sole provider of blood to Wichita Falls and the Texoma region.
“January is always a difficult time, as blood donations are typically slow during the holidays and in the weeks following, and the winter weather is magnifying the problem,” said Dr. John Armitage, Our Blood Institute president and CEO. “Since the start of the year, blood donations are lagging significantly and fewer people are donating. We urgently ask the public to step up and help secure their community blood supply.”
Successful donors will receive a short-sleeved, glow-in-the-dark “When I’m Not Hibernating, I’m Donating Blood” T-shirt.
Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be donated as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.
“Blood has no substitute,” Armitage said. “Patients across the state rely on blood products to fight cancer, survive trauma and heal after childbirth. Blood donation takes about an hour and can save up to three lives.”
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years old* or older can give blood. Appointments to donate can be made online at obi.org or by calling 877-340-8777. Walk-ins are also welcome.
*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. Photo ID required.

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