The Oklahoma Blood Institute on Tuesday morning announced a Dec. 12 blood drive at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.


The Institute said in a news release that it encourages healthy adults to “follow their instinct,” and set aside about an hour from their busy schedules to donate blood. The holidays are typically a challenging time for the life-saving blood supply; and one donation can save the lives of up to three area patients, the Institute said.


Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge on Thursday, Dec. 12, from Noon to 6 p.m. Each blood donor will be offered a free, limited edition, long-sleeved holiday-themed T-shirt. The Elks Lodge will be serving pork sandwiches and the Pawhuska Hospital Auxiliary will be providing dessert.


“The simple, yet selfless, act of donating blood this holiday season will give patients in local hospitals a chance to spend precious time with their families,” said Jan Laub, executive director, Tulsa. “The cost — just an hour of your time — is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season. But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”


Blood recipients have the opportunity to send a message of appreciation to their individual blood donor, anonymously, through Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Thank the Donor program.


Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed, the Oklahoma Blood Institute said. If donors opt not to take the T-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.


As the nation’s sixth-largest non-profit blood collector, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide, including Pawhuska Hospital.


It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.


NOTE: 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.