As part of Take Care‘s Fourth of July celebration, we are sponsoring a blood drive on Friday, July 3, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Suncoast Communities Blood Bank will be at Take Care of Sarasota located at 3982 Bee Ridge Road, Building H, Suite A. Take Care invites all caregivers, family members, and office staff: please consider donating.
Starting Monday, June 8, 2009, there will be a sign-up sheet in the Sarasota office to schedule an appointment for Friday, July 3. You do not have to sign up in advance, but it will make the donating process go faster so you are not waiting in line. It takes approximately 30 minutes of your time to donate blood. According to SCBB, one donation helps save up to three lives.
SCBB is reporting a shortage of blood supply for the summer months. Blood drives account for 60 percent of the blood collected to help meet the needs of our hospitals and patients, according to SCBB’s website. Especially during the summer months in Florida with the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes, it is important for the blood banks to have a hearty supply. Please consider donating, if you are willing and able.
A few things to know before you donate blood, according to SCBB:
- You must be at least 17 years old
- You must weigh at least 110 pounds
- Review SCBB’s website for any other health conditions or medications that may prevent you from donating blood
- Be sure to wait 8 weeks between your blood donations
Visit SCBB’s website for a comprehensive explanation of what to expect before, during, and after you donate: http://scbb.org/donateblood/index.htm.