SWOBI receives National 2008 Compassionate Employer Recognition

Lawton_Press Release_Southwest Oklahoma Blood Institute (SWOBI) is one of 95 employers across the United States being recognized by The Compassionate Friends (TCF) organization for showing extra sensitivity to bereaved employees following the death of a child.

Employers with as few as 4 employees to as many as 10,000 have been nominated by the persons they have directly helped by going above and beyond the normal policies of most companies in helping their employees when the death of a child occurs. SWOBI was nominated by Dan Tendall, SWOBI Component Management Technician. Dan and Goodie's daughter Mariah Claire Tendall was killed in a car accident on August 19, 2002 on her return trip to college after summer break.

"The support I received immediately from SWOBI was tremendous," says Tendall. "It included food baskets, donations, and especially the support of being there at her funeral for comfort and solace. I was allowed all the time off that I needed without question. The personal support I received was far and above the most genuinely caring and supportive I could ever have imagined in my deepest and darkest hours of need." Tendall adds, "SWOBI is truly an  organization of compassion and they have admirably shown me I need not walk alone - they will be there walking with me."

TCF is the nation's largest self-help bereavement organization with 600 chapters throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The mission of TCF is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Their national website is www.compassionatefriends.org.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the tenth largest regional, non-profit blood center in the U.S. and provides transfusion blood products and clinical services to 125 medical facilities in Oklahoma and North Central Texas. OBI, headquartered in Oklahoma City, maintains five donor centers in the Oklahoma City area plus regional centers in Tulsa, Lawton, Enid, Ardmore, Ada and Ponca City, and the Texas Blood Institute in Wichita Falls. OBI has almost 700 employees and manages life-saving donations from more than 120,000 individuals each year.