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Campus community participates in blood drive

Saturday, November 3, 2007  
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By Ryan Holly

This week the Oklahoma Christian University community took part in an activity that can positively impact the hurting and wounded around the state.

Oklahoma Blood Institute Staff visited the Gaylord Student Activities Building to enable faculty, students and staff to donate blood.

“I’ve heard that one bag of blood saves three lives. Donating blood is a small way that you can help others who are not able to save themselves,” sophomore Cara Miller said.

According to www.obi.org, The Oklahoma County Medical Society established the Oklahoma Blood Institute on Jan. 1, 1977. The OBI continues to be faithful to four major goals: maintaining a sufficient community blood supply, providing specialized medical services, educating community and medical leaders and pioneering in blood-related research.

Blood donors help the OBI impact all of Oklahoma.

“We supply hospitals all over Oklahoma so the recipients of donated blood are pretty much anyone in the area who are in need. Such recipients include burn victims, trauma victims, cancer patients and infants who desperately need blood transfusions,” Blood Bank Supervisor Mylene Coblete said.

Blood accounts for about eight percent of a person’s body weight. The average man is supplied with around 12 pints of blood while the average woman is fueled with nine pints.

Many Oklahoma Christian students are willing to donate their blood.

“I was very impressed with the number of students willing to give; we had over 60 student participants in the first four hours of the drive. It’s so encouraging to see so many OC students willingly step up for the cause,” Oklahoma Christian senior and Blood Drive Coordinator Jenn Gill said.

Many blood donors battle anxiety. They often are afraid of the sight of the needles, blood bags and peculiar medical supplies.

“The scariest part is seeing the needles at first. After that part is past you hardly feel anything. The donation process will be over before you know it. If it’s your first time to donate blood don’t try to force it out. They will give you a ball and if you squeeze it at a steady pace you’ll also be able to regulate your breathing and your anxiety will pass,” Miller said.

Personal experiences often drive people to volunteer for the OBI.

“I worked in the department of Corrections for 40 years as a prison warden. During my time as a warden, we would have blood banks and I thought it was neat that people volunteered to come out to the prison and give up their time. Donating blood is a miraculous gift and it is great when you can help facilitate that,” Blood Bank Volunteer Tom Martin said.

Martin recognizes the importance of donated blood and expresses his opinion that many people are not aware of how blood renews life.

“I think a lot of donors don’t realize how vital their contribution truly is. You can donate money to various organizations, which is great, but you cannot buy blood. Blood is a priceless gift,” Martin said.

Christians have the opportunity to show the love of Jesus Christ by freely giving their blood. This is an act of sacrifice that can be a light to the wounded of the world.

“I think it is important to realize that donating blood is giving of ourselves to others in the most physical and personal way possible,” Gill said. “Our bodies replenish themselves for a reason; we are to help others along in this life. This simple act parallels Jesus Christ in his willingness to give of himself; donating is the least we can do to follow in his footsteps to help others.”

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