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SWOSU Blood Drive Nets Potential to Save 297 Lives

Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) officials said the August blood drive held at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford had the largest number of donors ever at an August blood drive held at SWOSU.

Melissa Santoro, account consultant at OBI, said 111 people, including 14 first-time donors, registered to give blood at the “The Hunt is On” drive. The effort resulted in 99 total donations, and Santoro said each donation has the potential to save the lives of three patients, meaning 297 lives could be saved.

Each donor received a Bigfoot t-shirt and their choice of tickets to either the Oklahoma Science Museum, Frontier City or Safari Joe’s.

Santoro said the OBI continues to need blood. For more information about donating blood, go online to or call 1.877.340.8777.