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June 5, 2014

USAO blood donors to receive four OKC Zoo tickets

CHICKASHA — Each donor at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's blood drive will receive vouchers for four tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The blood drive at USAO will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Donors at the Oklahoma Blood Institute's blood drive at the Sooner State Bank in Tuttle also received vouchers for four OKC Zoo tickets.

OBI Community Relations Director Leslie Gamble said the institute usually offers vouchers for two tickets during the summer, but is offering more this year to encourage more people to donate after the lack of blood drives during the Memorial Day holiday.

"It takes about 600 donors on average each day to meet the needs of hospital patients in the area," Gamble said.

OBI supplies hospitals in the Oklahoma City metro and 150 other medical facilities across the state.

There is a weight requirement to donate. 16 year olds must weigh more than 125 pounds and have a signed note from their parents, 17 year olds just have to weigh more than 125 pounds and those over the age of 18 must weigh more than 110 pounds.

All donors receive a T-shirt if they choose, vouchers, free health screenings and donor reward points, which are redeemable online, according to OBI.

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