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Date of Issue: June 08, 2006

Great blood drive this weekend

The sixth annual Islandwide blood drive is just around the corner, with a new “worldwide” means of getting there being introduced.

The drive will be at three locations Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. A streamlining of scheduling makes it possible to make an appointment by computer, arranged by the Florida Blood Service. Just go to and click on make an appointment. That should do it.

On arrival at the bloodmobile, it works like “preferred seating” at your favorite restaurant.

Bloodmobiles will accept blood from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at three locations:

The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay St., Holmes Beach.

The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

An anonymous beneficent foundation will donate $100 in each donor’s name to any of four nonprofit organizations: Anna Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Wildlife Education of Anna Maria Island, and West Manatee Fire & Rescue Volunteers.

Anyone 17 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may donate. “General good health” means you don’t have cold, flu or sore throat symptoms, and your blood’s iron level is good — the people manning the bloodmobile will tell you whether your blood’s iron is OK.

There is no upper age limit on donors. Most medications, such as blood pressure medicines, cholesterol medication, diabetes treatments and even blood thinners, do not rule out eligibility in a donor. After donating, you can get your cholesterol reading.

People who have traveled in certain areas of the world have to wait until a year after their return to be eligible to give blood. The most common ones are Costa Maya and Tulum in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Honduras.

Make an online appointment if that is more convenient for you, but you don’t need an appointment at all. Just go to one of the three locations during the donation hours and it will all get done swiftly and painlessly. And for a good cause.

Additional information may be obtained by phoning 746-7195.

The event is sponsored by A Pine Avenue Salon, BeachHouse Restaurant, Publix, Spinnakers Vacation Cottages, SunCoast Real Estate, Sun & Surf Lifestyle Apparel, Tropicana, Pepsi and The Islander newspaper.

The sponsors, charities and the blood service will thank you.


Blood drive bonuses

If donating blood and having a $100 donation to your choice among four Island charities isn’t incentive enough, try this on for size:

Organizers of this year’s Islandwide Blood Drive are offering prize packages that include, among other items, a ride on the Privateer ship in their July 4 parade and a ride on the West Manatee Fire & Rescue Volunteers antique fire truck.

Blood drive particpants will have a chance to register at the three blood mobile locations on Anna Maria Island June 10-11, and the prize packages will also include a variety of dining certificates, movie tickets, a basket of goodies from A Pine Avenue Salon and more.

The first 100 donors at each location will receive a commemorative 2006 Islandwide Blood Drive T-shirt.