Be a hero. Give blood!”  That’s the word from Lindsay Community Blood Drive coordinator, Tammy Aprill.  

This year’s ‘Boots & Badges’ Blood Drive is set for Thurs., Sept. 17, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The ‘Boots & Badges’ blood drive is a fun competition between the Fire Department and the Police Department, to see how many donations each brings in.  

The blood drive will be held at the United Methodist Church, located at 114 W. Chickasaw in Lindsay.

All donations* will be tested** for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.

Appointments are preferred, to help with social distancing. Walk-ins are accepted as the schedule allows.

**Masks are required for all donors**

*Donors ages 16 or 17 years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies, and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. **This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the lgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.  

Each blood donor will receive a FREE limited-edition Boots & Badges t-shirt, plus all the delicious, homemade cookies they care to eat.  

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

“Come on down, and sign up to help your favorite first responders – the Fire Department or the Police Department – win their competition, AND help save some lives in 

the process!” Ms. Aprill urged.

As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide.

The Lindsay Community blood drives are held the third Thursday of every other month in odd-numbered months, and are sponsored by the South Central Medical and Resource Center (SCMRC).

Photo ID is required when giving blood. Those needing further information, or who would like to set up a time-saving appointment, are asked to contact SCMRC at 405-756-1414.

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