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Blood Drive – December 2018

The Southern Oklahoma Blood Institute had a blood drive on December 14th sponsored by the Clinical Medical Assisting class at Southern Tech.  There were 86 units donated by staff and students which is a significant amount. Brandi Jones, the Account Consultant for SOBI, said, “That’s 86 lives that will be saved due to the students, faculty and community members at Southern Tech.  During the holidays our need for blood rises due to holiday travelers.   We will be hosting another Blood Drive at the Shops of Ardmore on Thursday, December 27th from 10 am to, 6 pm and one lucky winner will win Thunder tickets and a hotel stay.  Each donor will receive a long sleeve Thunder shirt during this promotion that is presented by Cox Communications, and we encourage you to participate.”

Featured image (above): One of the many students that donated was Fox student Robert Robbins who is a second year Diesel Technology student.  This is Robbins’ fourth time to donate, and he said, “My Mom and Dad give blood and I wanted to try it and I like to do it because I’m saving lives.”

James

One of the many students that donated was Dickson student James Caldwell who is a Diesel Technology student.  This is Caldwell’s second time to donate and first time to give Double Red Cells on the machine.  Caldwell said the reason he decided to give is because it sounded like fun and it helps save lives.

Jacob

One of the many students that donated was Lone Grove student Jacob Genn who is a first year Diesel Technology student.  This is Genn’s fourth time to donate, and he said, “I’m O negative and they need my blood a lot so I just decided to help save some lives.

Britten

One of the many students that donated was Marietta student Britten Cummins who is a Digital Video student.  This is Cummins’ second time to donate, and he said, “I felt like I needed to give because it’s for a good cause, there have been times when I needed blood and I was thankful when others gave.”

Madison

One of the many students that donated was Sulphur student Madison Herndon who is a Medical Office first year student.  This is Herndon’s second time to donate and she said, “I’ve always wanted to donate and the idea of being able to help others makes me feel good.”

Deana

One of the staff members that donated for the first time was Southern Tech Custodian, Deana Bishop, Ardmore.  She’s always wanted to donate but couldn’t for one reason or another and finally had the opportunity.  Bishop said, “I’ve always wanted to donate and I’m so happy to be able to give, it’s a check mark off my bucket list.”