Southwest Blood Services Region
American Red Cross joins Operation Oklahoma
(June 22, 2010…Tulsa, OK) The American Red Cross will be joining the list of important events during this year’s Operation Oklahoma with blood drives scheduled around the state.
The drives begin on Tuesday, June 29 at the Red Cross Northeast Oklahoma Chapter located at 114 W. 8th St in Stillwater. Hours for this drive are noon–6pm. Next a drive will be held at the Central Oklahoma Red Cross Chapter in Oklahoma City, 601 NE 6th St on Thursday, July 1, from 1pm-6pm. This drive will be followed by one in Tulsa, Friday, July 2nd, 8am-3pm, Red Cross Headquarters, 10151 E. 11th. The Operation Oklahoma drives will conclude on Monday, July 5th in Norman at the Heart of Oklahoma Chapter, 1205 Halley Ave, from 2pm-7pm.
“Since the inception of the American Red Cross our history has been intertwined with the U.S. Military. The Red Cross honors all our veterans but would like to join with Operation Oklahoma and give special thanks this July 4th season to the Vietnam Vet,” said Major General Rita Aragon (ret) and Red Cross of Central Oklahoma board member. “I can’t think of a better way to say thank you, than by saving the life of another with a blood donation.”
Community leaders, military and civilian groups across the state are joining forces to create a salute to Vietnam Veterans during the 2010 July 4th holiday. The events will give Oklahomans an opportunity to give a long overdue thank you to Vietnam Vets with a series of events that now include Red Cross blood drives.
“We welcome the Red Cross to the planned events of Operation Oklahoma and hope Oklahomans will join us in honoring all veterans and Vietnam Vets, in particular, with a blood donation,” said Kenneth Calhoun, Vice Chief of Joint Staff, Oklahoma National Guard and Operation Oklahoma Project Officer.
All those coming to donate are invited to share their thanks on a “traveling banner” that will be presented to a local VA hospital.
Red Cross is also providing information at each drive on its Service to Armed Forces program. This vitally important program serves as the link between service members’ families and their loved ones serving in the military during times of emergencies.