El Reno blood drives

El Reno High School, in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), will hold a blood drive March 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 400 S. Choctaw.

In addition, Mercy Hospital El Reno will conduct a blood drive March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2115 Park View Drive.

Individuals who are healthy and 16 years or older can typically donate. Those donors 16 years old must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission, 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, and 18 and over must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-negative blood type make up only 9 percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of type.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 877-340-8777 or visit obi.org.

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