Blood donors get Rumble T-shirts and chance for game tickets

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OKLAHOMA CITY  - The Oklahoma City Thunder is helping save lives, including one metro boy.

9-year-old Gage Novosad, of Yukon, Okla., wouldn't be alive without blood donors.

For patients just like Gage who still need blood and many others in hospitals now, the OKC Thunder has stepped up to host a holiday blood drive.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute says we remain in a blood emergency with less than a one-day supply of blood, and the support of the community for this blood drive on Dec. 27th is especially needed.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s seventh annual holiday blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is Saturday, Dec. 27  at the Cox Convention Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. with donors welcome until 6 p.m.

Each blood donor receives a Thunder-themed T-shirt featuring Rumble the Bison, while supplies last.

A pair of tickets to a Thunder home game will be awarded to a donor each hour.

One lucky donor will win a pair of lower-level tickets game*.

 Free parking is available in the garage directly beneath the Cox Convention Center. Donors are encouraged to enter the Cox Center’s southwest entrance.

“When it’s hardest to keep the blood supply strong, The Oklahoma City Thunder comes to our rescue,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “Blood donation declines due to travels and holiday activities.  Unfortunately, people facing critical health challenges in our area get no such break.  There is no holiday for blood need.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the state’s non-profit blood center.  Its volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in all Oklahoma City-metro area hospitals and 158 other medical facilities across Oklahoma.

Healthy adults, 16 and older, are urged to donate**.

Blood can be given every 56 days. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 1-877-340-8777, or visiting www.obi.org.

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