Sarasota, FL – First responders from Manatee County are helping SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB) avert a blood shortage and encouraging residents to be holiday heroes this season by donating blood. Law enforcement and firefighting agencies are joining forces for the First Annual Manatee County Boots vs. Badges blood drive on December 13. The goal is to raise 100 units of blood during the friendly competition between the two agencies.
The event is taking place at Suncoast Behavioral Health Center, 4480 51st St W in Bradenton, FL 34210, on December 13, from 10 am – 4 pm. Firefighters and law enforcement will go head to head to see who can encourage the most people to roll up their sleeves and donate. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.
The inaugural event is sponsored by Suncoast Behavioral Health Center and WWSB ABC 7. 92.1 The COAST and first responder vehicles on site, including Bayflite 2 Emergency Helicopter Service. Food for donors will be provided by Dunkin Donuts on Manatee Avenue and Firehouse Subs of Bradenton.
About SCBB – SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB) is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing a reliable supply of safe blood products and services to our community for 65 years. SCBB provides 100% of the blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, Surgery Center at St. Andrews Venice, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital, DeSoto Memorial Hospital and Bayflite 2. SCBB is recognized as a distinguished provider with outstanding customer service and the ability to provide rare blood services onsite. For more information, visit www.scbb.org.