Giving blood for US soldiers

Wednesday, March 26th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is rallying the troops for a 36-hour blood drive to supply much-needed blood to the US military.

News on 6 reporter Steve Berg says as the Blood Institute points out, the brave men and women of the armed forces shed their own blood on the battlefield. They're asking people here to give back and give blood during the next several hours. The Oklahoma Blood Institute says it provides 10% of all the blood that's being sent to the Army overseas.

The drive started Wednesday morning and goes until 6 o'clock Thursday night. They say it will go round-the-clock. You could even donate at 3 in the morning if you want to. Donors get a special "Support Our Troops" t-shirt, along with a cholesterol screening and a "mini-physical". The big reason though is obviously to help our soldiers. Donor, Thomas Hunter, “support our troops for all they're doing for us overseas. Freedom to come out here and to this some countries, they'd probably force yah."

KRMG’s John Erling, "It's so emotional to go inside the bloodmobile here and see the people giving blood because they want to help the troops. There's no closer connection to helping the troops.”

The blood drive is going on at Reasor's at 41st and Yale and at the Oklahoma Blood Institute at 81st and Yale.