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Oklahoma Blood Institute, Internet Photo
Oklahoma Blood Institute, Internet Photo

An ORU blood drive hosted by the athletic department and OBI will be at Fireside Jan. 27-28 with a goal of 100 donations.

“Athletics is delighted to partner with OBI and their life-saving mission,” Scott Higgins, ORU senior associate athletic director.

The two-day event will be from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Jan. 27, and from noon-6 p.m. on Jan. 28. An item from the “treasure chest” will be offered to each donor.

The athletics department will be providing sub sandwiches to donors and a pizza party to the wing with the most donors.

“Donors can forego their incentive item from the ‘treasure chest’ and instead have a donation made in the amount it is worth to the Global Blood Fund,” said Crystal Dugger, OBI Account Consultant.

Each donation is split into platelets, plasma and red blood cells and has the potential to impact three different lives. Donors can make appointments by visiting or by calling 877-340-8777.

Blood Drive Q&A

Does a mission trip last summer disqualify a donor?
Location of recent travel determine eligibility. Interested donors should come to the drive and get screened.

Does Tattoos or recent piercings disqualify a donor.
No. Donors who get a piercing or tattoo at a certified facility within in the State of Oklahoma are eligible to donate. Otherwise a donor will have a year deferral.

Does a flu shot warrant a waiting period?
No. There is no deferral after having a flu shot.

Does having the flu or antibiotics disqualify a donor.
Yes. A donor should feel good and the flu can be passed through the donation. Donors on antibiotics need to wait seven days before donating.

What are the FDA height and weight requirements?
A donor must be at least 16-years-old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

How long will a donation take?
The donation process takes about 45 minutes. 30 minutes is screening. Donating blood takes 10 minutes. Donors are encouraged to take 10 to 15 minutes to sit in the canteen with drinks and snacks to ensure there were no complications.

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