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December 18, 2013

Mock arrests to help blood drive

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — A blood drive set for this week at the Garvin County Courthouse has found a whole new way of giving.

The drive comes with an Oklahoma Blood Institute bloodmobile pulling up to the courthouse’s west side parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

The big difference with this drive is a variety of courthouse agencies will have an employee first be mock arrested, complete with each one wearing a jail inmate outfit at some point.

Those mock arrestees are then on the hunt for some help getting “bailed out” from people not giving money but volunteering to donate to the blood drive.

“They’ll get people to bond them out,” said Undersheriff Jim Mullett of the sheriff’s office.

“We’re trying to get some individuals to volunteer to help us out, especially with December being a low month for blood donations,” he said.

“This is a fun way to give blood.”

The way it works is one employee from the sheriff’s office, assessor’s office, county clerk’s office and county commissioner’s office will go through the mock arrest process.

Their job is to then get as many people signed up as possible to donate to the blood drive.

The more the merrier as each person agreeing to donate helps the county employees get what Mullett calls bailed out.

“These are mocks arrests, and they’re looking for anyone to help bond them out,” he said.

The mock arrestees, dressed in orange or black and white inmate outfits, are going throughout the courthouse to get other employees to agree to donate to the drive.

“This is a fun way to get people to participate,” Mullett added.

The public can also help by just showing up at one of the county offices and signing up to donate and help one of the employees.

Another way to help is to just drop by the bloodmobile and simply donate during Thursday’s drive.

Donors can also receive a “Feel the Love” T-shirt and a hot or cold gel pack.

For more information about the unique blood drive, call Kim Erwin at the sheriff’s office, 405-238-7591.

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