The Community House will serve as a host location for a community blood drive this week.
On Aug. 20, the Lee Health Blood Mobile will be set up in the parking lot of the Sanibel facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to conduct a Blood Drive. TCH Director of Marketing and Event Planning Sarah Jacobson explained that it is the first time the nonprofit organization has offered to host such an event.
“Right now, we felt that the community needs this,” she said.
Jacobson noted that role of the facility is to serve the community and that officials know there are people who want to donate blood but are uncomfortable leaving the islands due to COVID-19.
“So it’s to feel safe giving blood close to home,” she said of the event.
Donations through the center stay in Lee County and benefit residents and visitors in need.
“That’s why I chose Lee Health,” Jacobson said. “Because I want it (donations) to stay in Lee County, to know that the blood is staying here and making a difference for our fellow community members.”
She added that she recently donated blood through Lee Health.
“When I donated blood last time, I felt very safe and it was very clean,” Jacobson said.
Donors will get a thank you gift provided by the Lee Health Blood Mobile, as well as will receive a wellness checkup that includes blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.
“You are supposed to come well hydrated and have eaten within the last two hours,” she said.
“They provide a snack or juice after you’ve donated,” Jacobson added.
Lee Health has safety protocols in place in light of COVID-19.
“You will wear a mask on the bus,” she said.
While walk-up donations are welcome day of, appointments are highly recommended.
“I would love for people to make a reservation,” Jacobson said.
She reported that there are 30 total openings.
“Right now, we have 10 people signed up,” Jacobson said on Aug. 14, explaining that TCH scheduled for Lee Health to send its smaller mobile bus because officials did not know what turnout to expect.
“But if it looks like we’re going to have more people, they will send a bigger bus,” she added.
The public is encouraged to register to donate.
“I think it’s important in these difficult times to support our community any way we can – and what’s better right now than helping to save a life?” Jacobson said. “It’s something that you can give and it doesn’t cost you a dime or anything.”
To sign up, contact Jacobson at 239-472-2155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.