Suncoast Science Center and SunCoast Blood Centers Partner to Increase Blood Donations Amid COVID-19

The Giving Coast

SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JUL 10, 2020

Just a few short months ago, the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab (SSC) rapidly shifted its work to design, prototype and fabricate face masks and shields to help fill the growing shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers as the COVID-19 pandemic developed. With the support of over 250 volunteers, the SSC COVID-19 Face Mask & Shield Project provided over 4,000 masks and shields for healthcare workers and first responders who have continued to work diligently to defend the health and safety of the community.As a not-for-profit community organization seeking to continue its support of citizens during this time of need, SSC has partnered with SunCoast Blood Centers (SCBC) to host a blood drive and address urgent blood and platelet deficiencies. Local hospitals are relying on convalescent plasma as a first line of treatment for COVID-19 patients but there is a shortage of reserves to meet current patient needs. New blood and plasma donations are critically needed at this time. All successful blood donations made at the drive will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies at no charge.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic SCBC has relied on the generosity and support of our community. Many of our blood drives are canceled due to the virus so we are especially grateful to the Suncoast Science Center for hosting the upcoming drive,” shared Jayne Giroux, Director of Community Development for SCBC. “While we endeavor to provide the products needed for critically ill COVID patients, we must still provide blood products for those who are suffering traumas, going through cancer treatment as well as having major surgery.”  The blood drive will be held from 11am-4pm on Wednesday, July 29 at 4452 South Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. Volunteer-led tours of the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab will be available for blood donors and visitors. In addition to the COVID-19 antibody test, all blood donors will receive a special memento designed by SSC students using the lab’s state-of-the-art equipment. For questions about the blood drive, contact Donna Leigh-Estes at donna.estes@suncoastscience.org or call 941-840-4394.

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