Gone Savin’ Lives!

Texas Blood Institute knows this summer will be different, and it may be a time for stay-cations or camping trips. Texas Blood Institute needs donors to help rebuild the blood supply in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and is urging healthy adults to take some time to save lives this summer.

Donors will receive a free summer camper t-shirt, a coupon for a free honey butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger and their choice of one free entry voucher to Frontier City or Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, or two free entries to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park in Tulsa, to be redeemed at yourbloodinstitute.org

Free COVID-19 antibody screening will be offered to donors eighteen and older.*

“The COVID-19 pandemic led to a record number of blood drive cancellations in recent months,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “Because the need for blood is constant, and increases during the summer, local patients are counting on our heroic donors more than ever.”

Texas Blood Institute’s donor centers and mobile blood drives have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. In addition, donor centers and mobile blood drives have been adapted to allow for social distancing. Staff members and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility.

All phlebotomy staff will wear masks and donors are also required to wear masks. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Texas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments are encouraged for social distancing, and can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777, or clicking here to find a blood drive near you. Or you can stop by our donor center in Wichita Falls at 3709 Gregory Street.

If you or someone you know has recovered from COVID-19, we encourage you to sign up for the convalescent plasma registry.

*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. Must be 18 or older to receive antibody test. This test has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.

*You must have a valid blood donation between July 1 - Aug. 31, 2020, to receive a voucher. IMPORTANT: DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION MAY BE AFFECTED BY COVID-19. Entry voucher not valid for special events or park exclusives. Voucher has NO CASH VALUE. Please check frontiercity.com, sciencemuseumok.org or safarijoesh2o.com for dates and hours of operation.

                                                                                           

Bob Grant