Critical Blood Shortage: Donors are needed now!

August 22, 2007, Collier County FL:  The Community Blood Center, an affiliate of the NCH Healthcare System, is experiencing a critical blood shortage. Donors are encouraged to donated blood at the following locations so that Collier County patients will have the blood that they need:

Community Blood Center in Naples: 239-436-5455:
311 Ninth Street North, Suite 108 in the Medical Plaza Bldg. located at the NCH Healthcare System's downtown campus
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 8AM - 5PM, Tuesdays: 11AM – 7PM.

Community Blood Center in Bonita Springs: 495-1138
9170 Bonita Beach Rd. Suite 102 in Sunshine Plaza
Hours: Monday: 8 AM – 5 PM, Thursday: 8 AM – 6 PM, Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM, Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Additional donation locations)
Friday, Aug. 24: 8 AM – 11 AM
NCH Support Services: 2157 Pine Ridge Rd. next to Home Depot

Friday, Aug. 24: 2 PM - 8 PM
Borders Books Music Movies Café: 10600 Tamiami Trail N.

Monday, Aug. 27: 8 AM – 9:30 AM
Collins & Dupont Interiors, Inc. 8911 Brighton Lane in Bonita Springs 
Tuesday August 28 & Wednesday, Aug. 29: 8 AM – 6 PM
Tailgate For Life in Mission Square Plaza, ½ mile east of Goodlette Rd.
Historically the nation's blood centers experience blood shortages this time of year. Presently much of the nation has limited supplies, so the Community Blood Center must rely upon local donors to boost supplies. Donors will receive special thank you gifts for immediately responding to its emergency appeal. "This may be the most important 45 minutes a blood donor spends on something," said Laura Rosen, Senior Donor Recruiter at the Community Blood Center. "Most of us spend time watching TV or working on the computer. Taking time now to give blood will help boost severely low blood supplies and will help patients in local hospitals. Donated blood saves lives," Rosen said.
People are eligible to give blood if they are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds. There is no maximum age limit to donate, however. Most medications will not prevent someone from donating blood, including but not limited to, aspirin, blood pressure, cholesterol and thyroid medications, insulin pills or injections, birth control, hormone replacement or antidepressants. People can donate every 56 days. Blood becomes perishable after 42 days, but seldom stays on the shelf for more than just a few days. Visit the Community blood Center's web site: for more donation information or call the Community Blood Center: 239-436-5455. The Community Blood Center's bloodmobile calendar can also be obtained on its pre-recorded Hotline: 239-436-5025. Organizations who wish to schedule a blood drive should call Laura Rosen: 239-436-5303.