TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is raising awareness of National Blood Donor Month.
Jan Laub, the executive director of OBI, says the need for blood is especially important during winter months. There tends to be a decline in blood donations because of seasonal sickness or canceled blood drives due to inclement weather.
OBI supplies blood needed at about 90% of the medical facilities across the state, including children's, veterans and tribal hospitals.
Patients in Oklahoma hospitals have needs year round, whether it's for treatments or emergencies.
It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet the needs of patients in local hospitals.
For more information on how you can become a blood donor, visit obi.org.
Now until the end of January, OBI will reward blood donors with a limited edition long-sleeved t-shirt.
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