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OkPORK to Host Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive to Save Lives During COVID - 19 Pandemic

Mon, 18 May 2020 13:52:43 CDT

OkPORK to Host Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive to Save Lives During COVID - 19 Pandemic For the past 14 years, the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Blood Institute have teamed up for the annual Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive. This year’s event will be held on May 21-22 at all OBI centers and at three mobile sites. This year’s event is themed “Give Local” and “BLOOD Unites Us.”

Donors can give blood at any OBI building in the state this Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Donors can also donate at Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore on May from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Reeves Park in Norman on May 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Lowe’s North on Memorial OKC on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pulled Pork will be served to donors in appreciation for giving blood, along with a free vintage “Bacon” t-shirt and vouchers to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park or the Oklahoma Science Museum. All donors will also be entered into a raffle to win a smoker.

“Oklahoma Blood Institute urgently needs your help. COVID-19 has created the greatest challenge to our local blood supply we’ve ever faced.” Billy Hendrix, OBI events manager said. “It is completely safe to donate during the pandemic and together with your donation we can rebuild the blood supply.”

Less than five percent of the world’s population donates blood. okPORK employees and board members encourage all blood types to come out and make a difference in someone’s life.

“Oklahoma’s pig farmers operate with the guiding principle of giving back to their communities,” said Nikki Snider, okPORK director of marketing and communications. “This is more important than ever in the face of fighting COVID-19 and we are pleased to be able to proceed with this year’s blood drive. We hope all Oklahoman’s who are able will join us and donate.

More information about the okPORK Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive including location information and scheduling appointments can be found at www.obi.org.

If you would like to read more about okPORK events and get more information on the Oklahoma Pork Council, visit www.okpork.org.



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