Fish Fry Blood Drive Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ponca City Now - June 30, 2016 4:14 pm

The 10th Annual All-American Fish Fry Blood Drive is Friday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The drive will be held at Woodlands Christian Church at 1400 East Hartford Avenue.

The event is hosted by Mark Sanders, who will be cooking the catfish and making the potato salad. There also will be chips, dinner rolls and drinks.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute will have two Bloodmobiles on hand to serve donors. Each donor receives an "Otter Give Blood" T-shirt, two tickets to the Oklahoma City or the Tulsa Zoo, and two tickets to see the Oklahoma City Dodgers Baseball team.

Any time on Friday, donors can log on to OBI.org, click on Donor Express, and complete the computer screening questionnaire and then print a completion sheet with a bar code on it. When you go to donate, hand that sheet to the screener and you’re halfway done with the pre-donation requirements. It saves the donor time and allows OBI to process more donors faster. This works with or without an appointment.

The drive is especially important to an 18-month-old girl from Ponca City who has leukemia and is currently receiving blood products at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. All of her blood needs are being met by the Oklahoma Blood Institute with the help of many donors.

It is also possible she may need bone marrow transplants in the future. At the blood drive, there will be a bone marrow registry available for those interested in helping.

For more information, check the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/294542054220013/ or search for 10th Annual All American Fish Fry Blood Drive.

Each donor can help save up to three lives, at a time of year when blood donations are especially critical.

 

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