Donating Blood Saves Lives
Anisa’s Country Adventures
One of the biggest differences I have found between bigger cities and smaller towns was how citizens can give back to the communities. Both bigger and smaller communities offer their own opportunities, but there is a common misconception that even I was guilty of prior to getting involved in Small Town, Western Oklahoma: small towns do not offer very many ways to give back to the community. This truly is a misconception, and although there are more ways in a bigger city, there are still quite a few ways that citizens of smaller communities can remain active and give back, both locally and across the state.
One of these ways to give back offers citizens a ripple effect from their efforts, stretching to each corner of the state as well as within the small communities as needed. Oklahoma Blood Institute’s mobile units visit small towns regularly to collect blood product donations, including plasma. The donation received from one person can help up to three individuals in need. One person can make a huge difference.
Oklahoma’s Betsey Weaver shared a lifesaving story that illustrates the importance of blood donations. Her son, Finn, was born prematurely and benefitted from donated blood.
“Finn got six transfusions while he was in the NICU,” Weaver stated. “He also got to meet one of his donors a few months later at an OBI event.”
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