The Lee Memorial Blood Center will hold its second annual Guns n’ Hoses Blood Drive at 14 locations in Lee County for law enforcement, firefighters and community members to join forces to tackle the summer blood shortage.
Nancy Hendrick, community relations director of Lee Memorial Blood Center, said they are holding the event because it is good to put a little challenge out there for the fire and police departments. She said that although last year went well, they wanted to do the annual blood drive on a smaller scale.
The center is holding the blood drive, she said, because it always experiences a shortage during the summer when schools are out and the winter visitors leave.
An estimated 6,000 units of blood will be consumed this summer by patients of the Lee Memorial Health System.
“The shortage is more prevalent than during season,” she said. “The usage is still there but the donations are lower.”
The bloodmobile will make a stop in the Cape June 15 at the Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Parkway, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Those who donate blood will receive a special Guns n’ Hoses T-shirt, along with a coupon for a free 6-inch sub from Subway.
Individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, and in good general health, along with weighing a minimum of 115 pounds to donate their blood. Those who donate need to provide a photo identification and eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before they donate blood.
Another blood drive will be held on Aug. 23-24 in the volunteer orientation room at the Cape Coral Hospital. The festive blood drive will have free give-aways to those who donate.
An individual can donate their blood every 56 days, which can amount to a total of six times a year if timed correctly.
The Lee Memorial Blood Center is the sole provider for the Lee Memorial Health System. More than 500 units of blood are used every week due to the Children’s Hospital and trauma center being the only one of its kind in a five-county area.
Blood drive locations
— North Fort Myers Fire Station, 2900 Trail Dairy Circle
June 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
— Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Parkway
June 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— Lee County Sheriff’s Office, 14750 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
June 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— Fort Myers Beach Fire Station, 3043 Estero Parkway
June 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— Fort Myers Shores Fire Truck at Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd.
June 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Lehigh Fire Station, 11 Homestead Road, South
June 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
— Matlacha-Pine Island Fire Station, 5700 Pine Island Road, N.W.
June 21 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.
— Bonita Springs Fire Truck at Bonita Grande Publix, 12900 Trade Way Four
June 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Fort Myers Police Department, 2210 Widman Way
June 23 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Sanibel Fire Station, 2351 Palm Ridge Road
June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— San Carlos Fire Station, 19591 Ben Hill Griffin Parkway
June 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
— Lee County Correctional Facility, 2501 Ortiz Ave.
June 28 from 7 to 10 a.m.
— Iona-McGregor Fire Station, 6061 South Point Blvd.
June 29 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
— Iona-McGregor Fire Station, 15660 Pine Ridge Road
June 29 from 12:30 to 3 p.m.