Blood Donations

Emergency Blood Donations Needed NOW

Very Important Information from the team at the Suncoast Blood Center- My name is Giselle Arocho, Communication Coordinator, at SunCoast Blood Center. We would like to ask for your help to spread the word about the EMERGENCY NEED for blood donations. Multiple blood centers across the country, in particular Texas where blood center operations have been suspended for 3-4 days, are in immediate need of blood products to sustain operations and support. 

Our brothers and sisters from TEXAS have no power and experiencing extremely cold temperatures.  The need for blood in the hospital never stops. 

“When we experience bad weather here with hurricanes, we get our blood supplies or units from other parts of the country, so it’s our turn now to help those in need,” said Joan Leonard, Community Liaison. 

Leonard says blood donations are quite safe here at the Suncoast Blood Centers even if you’ve recently received either COVID-19 vaccinations.

CDC guidelines are strictly followed and the majority of the staff at the center have already received their second dose of the vaccine.

To make an appointment go HERE.

For interviews please contact:  

Joan Leonard
Community Liaison
(941) 954-1600 ext. 150

About SunCoast Blood Centers  

Blood Needed

A registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, SunCoast Blood Centers has provided a reliable supply of safe blood products and services for the community since 1949. SunCoast is the exclusive supplier of blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital and DeSoto Memorial Hospital.

SunCoast also partners with Moffitt Cancer Center to provide blood products, including pathogen-reduced platelets. Recognized for its outstanding service, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce honored SunCoast as the 2020 Nonprofit of the Year. SunCoast participates in cancer treatment programs, research and provides therapeutic services at the hospitals it serves. SunCoast has also instituted a new concierge program where donors can give blood in the comfort of their home. The concierge program is available in Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. For donor locations and more information, visit or call 1-866-97-BLOOD. 

Photo from SunCoast Blood Centers

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