The Oklahoma City Thunder-supported blood drive was a great success. Some 107 people from Ardmore and the surrounding area attended the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) event.

They were compelled by the desire to give the gift of good health and received a unique Thunder-themed blood-donor T-shirts, provided by The Thunder for these holiday blood drives only. Some 92 were able to donate, meeting eligibility criteria.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Thunder and their fans,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and chief executive. “It’s amazing when you realize that with every donation, three lives can be saved. Thanks to the Thunder’s support, we’ll be well prepared to help as many as 276 people in our communities who will need life-saving blood in the coming weeks. We hope many will grasp the incredible impact of giving blood and donate for years to come.”

The holidays always provide challenges to maintain an adequate blood supply, according to Armitage. “The Oklahoma City Thunder’s help during this crucial time of year has a stabilizing impact for our community’s blood supply.”

“We are thrilled with the response and glad we could again partner with Oklahoma Blood Institute. The Thunder is always pleased to give back to the community,” said Dan Mahoney, Oklahoma City Thunder vice president of corporate communications and community relations. “We are, again, so proud of our fans doing their part to save lives.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in the United States. Its donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in all area hospitals and 140 medical facilities across Oklahoma.

Healthy adults, 16 and older, are encouraged to donate*. Blood can be given every 56 days. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 1-877-340-8777, or visiting