PINELLAS COUNTY - Many people are looking for ways to help as the reports of loss of life, injuries and damage continue to come in from areas hard hit by Hurricane Charley. One way to help is to give blood.
Blood is desperately needed not only to replenish critically low supplies in this county, but also to assist with disaster relief efforts in counties desperately in need of help.
Florida Blood Services (FBS) is reporting that people with all blood types are urgently needed to give blood.
In a release from FBS, Don Doddridge, CEO, said "As the storm approached the last few days, many businesses canceled their previously scheduled blood drives. This has resulted already in a loss of over 1,000 much needed blood donations."
As of Sunday, the FBS Web site, www.fbsblood.org, was reporting that all blood type supplies were critically low with less than a two-day supply on hand of all blood types except AB positive, which was reported as being low with only a two to three-day supply.
Many blood drives have been scheduled in the area. The schedule currently listed on the FBS Web site is as follows:
Note: Scheduled drives can change on short notice. Call (800) 68-BLOOD (682-5663) to confirm the schedule before heading out to give blood.
Monday, Aug. 16
Chick-Fil-A, Enterprise Road, 26145 US 19 N.; Gulf to Bay; Feather Sound, 3423 Ulmerton Road, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A, 3740 Tampa Rd, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A, 32800 US 19 N.. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A, 10790 Park Blvd., 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Edward White Hospital, 2393 Ninth Ave. N., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A, 4241 4th St., 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 17
Diagnostic Center, 3131 Mc Mullen Booth Road, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Young - Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bayfront Medical Center, 701 Sixth St. South, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pinellas County Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, 1800 66th St. N., 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
Tampa Bay Water, 2535 Landmark Drive, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.