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AFR Women’s Cooperative Focuses on Blood Drives

As many of you know the 2017 Initiative for the Women’s Cooperative (WC) is the “Wanted” Blood Drives in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). The WC state council has challenged local and county AFR members to get a donor from every county to a blood drive throughout 2017. Year to date AFR has hosted and partnered in 9 communities. Through these events 278 people were able to donate, saving 834 lives. With 13 more scheduled in 2017 we know this is making a real difference to Oklahoma families and our rural communities. To schedule your local blood drive through OBI, contact Sharon Ash at [email protected] or call 405-419-1374.  

On May 1, fifteen WC initiative grants were awarded to local and county AFR organizations to assist in hosting local blood drives. Five of these were sponsored by the AFR agents association through a generous $1,000 donation.  


Shelli Hembree of Haskell Insurance Agency poses with students of Haskell High School that just finished saving lives. The students and community members were able to save 105 lives at their blood drive
Julie Brown of Brown Insurance Agency presents Tara Young with the Yeti Cooler that she won in a drawing after donating blood at their event on May 2nd
Crystie Shebester, WC Chair helps to sign in FFA students at the Oklahoma FFA State Convention. FFA members and guests from across the state helped to save 201 lives at this two day event


The local and counties receiving grants include:

  • Local 14- Crow Insurance Agency, Elk City
  • Local 34 - Cowan Insurance Agency, Locust Grove
  • Local 724- Coweta Insurance Agency, Coweta
  • Local 70- Graham Insurance Agency, Marlow
  • Local 236- Haskell Insurance Agency, Haskell
  • Local 2- Nault Insurance Agency, Okeene
  • Local 522- Gilbert Insurance Agency, Tecumseh
  • Local 223- Shebester Insurance Agency, Chickasha
  • Local 668- Bolenbaugh Insurance Agency, Enid
  • Local 10- Rowe Insurance Agency, Wagoner
  • Local 480- Brown Insurance Agency, Sapulpa
  • Local 319- Miller Insurance Agency, Antlers
  • Emily McNeil on behalf of Local 129- Richey Insurance Agency, Blanchard
  • Lincoln County 41
    • Local 597- Steffenson Insurance Agency, Wellston
    • Local 305- Thompson’s Insurance Agency, Chandler
    • Local 125- Williamson Insurance Agency, Prague
  • Love County 43
    • Local 300- Pearman Insurance Agency, Thackerville
    • Local 741- Harper Insurance Agency, Marietta

Here are the dates for “Wanted” Blood drives for the balance of 2017:

  • Okeene- Nault Insurance Agency- 7/6/17
  • Marlow- Graham Insurance Agency- 7/25/17
  • Locust Grove- Cowan Insurance Agency- 7/27/17
  • Talihina- Wrights Insurance Agency- 7/27/17
  • Antlers- Miller Insurance Agency- 7/28/17
  • Marietta – Love County AFR – 8/8/17
  • Elk City- Crow Insurance Agency- 8/22/17
  • Blanchard- Emily McNeil on behalf of Richey Insurance Agency- 8/26/17
  • Lincoln County 41- 9/1/17
  • Chickasha- Shebester Insurance Agency- 10/18/17
  • Clinton- Donna Newsome Insurance Agency- 10/21/17
  • Coweta- Coweta Insurance Agency- 10/31/17 (tentative)
  • Wewoka- Your Hometown Insurance- Fall 2017
  • Wagoner- Rowe Insurance Agency- Fall 2017

Contact Megan Albright at 405-218-5416 to learn how to schedule your local blood drive or add your scheduled event to the list. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the AFR Women’s Cooperative please visit the Women's Cooperative page. Together we can save lives!

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