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Tropical Storm Isaac: Blood Donors Needed Before Storm

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank is hoping to increase its stockpile of blood donations before Tropical Storm Isaac.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank needs your help to make sure it has an ample supply of blood before Tropical Storm Isaac hits next week.

The blood bank, which serves Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties, is a first-responder for natural disasters and is holding blood drives throughout the community this weekend.

The blood bank especially is in need of A- blood. They only have a two-to-three-day supply of that type. And O-, the universal blood type, is always is need to help.

There are two ways to donate. One is at the donation center located at Bayshore Shopping Center, 6026 14th St W, Bradenton. Weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The bloodmobile will be at the following locations and hours:

Friday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Sarasota Crossing, 5391 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota

—Village Plaza, 3690 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota

Publix, 535 Tamiami Trl S, Venice

Publix, 1101 8th Ave W, Palmetto

Publix, 9005 US 301 N, Parrish

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Home Depot, 2450 Jacaranda Blvd, Venice

Saturday 

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

, 6721 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota 

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Port Farmers Market, 1000 Innovation Ave, North Port

Fifth-Third Bank,18120 Tamiami Trl, North Port

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8320 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota

Sunday

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

, 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key

, 6611 Proctor Rd, Sarasota 

9 a.m. to noon

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trl, Lakewood Ranch

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Woodland Church, 9707 State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch

For complete listing of blood drives visit http://www.scbb.org/donateblood/blood-drives.htm and donor centers hours at http://www.scbb.org/donateblood/donationlocation.

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