Ardmore area residents are urged to donate blood Wednesday during an Oklahoma Blood Institute drive in the conference center at Mercy Memorial Health Center.


Ardmore area residents are urged to donate blood Wednesday during an Oklahoma Blood Institute drive in the conference center at Mercy Memorial Health Center.


OBI president and chief executive John Armitage said current blood supplies are very limited.


“With the most common blood types, we’re operating with only a three-day supply We wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that with vaccines, sutures or other medical needs. And we shouldn’t with blood,” Armitage said, adding OBI provides every drop of blood needed by Mercy Memorial Health Center, as well as for most other hospitals statewide.


Wednesday’s donors will receive free University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University blood donor T-shirts, as well as, Members for Life points to redeem at OBI’s online store and free health screenings.


“No matter if donors ‘bleed’ crimson or orange, the critical need for blood crosses team lines,” said Armitage.


Donating blood only takes about an hour. As many as three lives can be saved with each unit donated. Studies show one in three people will need blood during a lifetime.


“Blood donation has become regarded as routine, when it’s really extraordinary,” Armitage said. “Giving blood allows us to heal others by literally giving of ourselves.”


Donors unable to participate in the Mercy Memorial blood drive may donate blood at OBI’s Ardmore center, located at 1420 Veterans Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; as well as 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of every month.


To make an appointment to donate, call (877) OBI-GIVE or visit www.obi.org .