Oklahoma Blood Institutes need donations

Lawton_Tropical Storm Erin pounded the gulf coast and now, blood centers in Texas have been forced to close.  So, the call for assistance was passed on to the Oklahoma Blood Institutes (OBI).  Students at Cameron University answered that call and students were only too happy to help in this time of need.

Wednesday morning's blood drive started off slow, but as soon as word go out, students started literally rolling up their sleeves for the cause.  Bonny Burton, a freshman, had never given blood before.  "I don't like needles.  I had to tough it up today and do something good.  A good deed for the day," she said.

The Southwest Oklahoma Blood Institute manager, Paul Price told 7News that a blood center in the U.S. closes every day.  This sad fact could deprive someone of a much needed blood donation.  That's why OBI was more than motivated to help.  Not only are Cameron students helping our neighbors to the south, the local blood center has increased its donorship.

"I believe if they start at this age.  They'll become lifelong donors.  It's a big plus for our community in the future," said Price.  OBI says that once a unit of blood is donated, it's tested at headquarters in Oklahoma City and will then be shipped off to Texas.

The Southwest Oklahoma Blood Institute is open Monday through Saturday and they are urging you to donate.