Thousands come out to support Thunder blood drive

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of Oklahomans came from across the state for a chance to win Thunder tickets and save a life.

Officials with the Oklahoma Blood Institute were trying to get as many people as possible to donate during a blood drive last weekend.

Donation centers were set up in Oklahoma City, Ada, Ardmore, Enid, Lawton and Tulsa.

While many Oklahomans donate on a regular basis, the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to do its part by adding a little incentive into the mix.

Each donor received a Thunder-themed blood donor t-shirt and a chance to win Thunder tickets.

Organizers say 1,425 people were able to donate.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Thunder and their fans,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and chief executive. “It’s amazing when you realize that with every donation, three lives can be saved. Thanks to the Thunder’s support, we’ll be well prepared to help as many as 4,275 Oklahomans who will need life-saving blood in the coming weeks. We hope many will grasp the incredible impact of giving blood and donate for years to come.”

“We are thrilled with the response and glad we could again partner with Oklahoma Blood Institute. The Thunder is always pleased to give back to the community,” said Dan Mahoney, Oklahoma City Thunder vice president of corporate communications and community relations. “We are, again, so proud of our fans doing their part to save lives.”

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