The University of Central Oklahoma invites anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older to make a difference in local lives Friday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the UCO Heritage Room on the third floor of the NUC building.

Because there is no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed for patients in local hospitals.

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

Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.

Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting www.obi.org. Sixteen-year-olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; over 18 must weigh at least 110 pounds.

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