FLEMING ISLAND – Representatives from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers celebrated the opening of its first donation center in Clay County. The new Fleming Island donor center provides easy access …
FLEMING ISLAND – Representatives from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers celebrated the opening of its first donation center in Clay County. The new Fleming Island donor center provides easy access for Clay County residents to donate whole blood and platelets at a critical time when donations are needed more than ever, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The donor center is located at 1605 County Road 220, Suite 160 on Fleming Island. The center collects donations Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To celebrate the opening, donors who give blood at the Fleming Island donor center will receive a $20 e-gift card.
“The opening of our first donation center in Clay County is testimony to our commitment to making blood donation as convenient and accessible as possible for the public,” said Angie Byrd, District Director of LifeSouth. “We are dedicated to providing a safe blood supply to meet the needs of our community in Northeast Florida every day, and especially during this critical time.”
LifeSouth is the blood provider for several area health care systems, which account for approximately 70% of Northeast Florida’s hospital beds. The nonprofit community blood center’s local hospital partners include Orange Park Medical Center, Baptist Health hospitals, Memorial Hospital, UF Health, UF Health North and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
To learn more, visit LifeSouth.org. Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed. LifeSouth’s additional donor centers in the Jacksonville region are located at 7840 Baymeadows Way and 800 Prudential Drive (inside Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville). COVID-10 antibody testing is also available for all eligible donors. For additional information, including additional donor center locations, eligibility criteria and upcoming blood drives, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org.