The YMCA of Central Florida is teaming up with OneBlood to offer 15 of its YMCA family center parking lots as OneBlood donation locations. As facilities have temporarily closed and events have been canceled due to coronavirus (COVID-19), OneBlood had nearly 1,700 blood drives canceled accounting for nearly 25,000 uncollected blood donations.
The need for blood has not changed and the coronavirus is only heightening the need for a ready blood supply for our community. The Y is encouraging all eligible donors to be a Hometown Hero by visiting one of its family centers to donate blood and help ensure a ready blood supply.
Social Distancing in Effect at All Blood Drives
The Y is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation for additional updates and guidance from local, state, national and international health agencies. This includes following the recommendation to limit gatherings to less than 10 individuals. The number of people will be limited on the Big Red Bus and donors will be asked to provide their cellphone numbers so they can wait in their cars or outside the Big Red Bus. They will be called when it is their turn to come aboard the bus to donate blood.
When: Thursday, March 19 – Saturday, March 21
YMCA Blood Drive Locations:
Thursday, March 19
Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center: 3200 SE. 17th St., Ocala, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Blanchard Park YMCA Family Center: 10501 J. Blanchard Trail, Orlando. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Early Learning Center Sherberth Location: 3261 Sherberth Road, Kissimmee, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
South Orlando YMCA Family Center: 814 West Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Roper YMCA Family Center: 100 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, March 20
Titusville YMCA Family Center: 2400 Harrison St., Titusville, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Winter Park YMCA Family Center: 1201 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dr. Phillips YMCA Family Center: 7000 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Downtown Orlando YMCA Family Center: 433 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Oviedo YMCA Family Center: 7900 Red Bug Lake Road, Oviedo, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Early Learning Center – LBV Location: 2800 E. Vista Blvd., Orlando, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center: 870 N. Hastings St., Orlando, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
J. Douglas Williams YMCA Family Center: 665 Longwood Lake Mary Road, Lake Mary, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Osceola County Family Center: 2117 W. Mabbette St., Kissimmee, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Golden Triangle YMCA Family Center: 1465 David Walker Drive, Tavares, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The YMCA of Central Florida is one of the area’s largest nonprofits, serving more than 360,000 Central Floridians per year through a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. With a Christian-based mission to improve lives and communities, it operates 22 YMCA locations across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Marion counties. This mission is expanded beyond the four walls of the Y through community-based programs to combat chronic disease; boost children’s after-school safety and learning; and strengthen neighborhoods. To learn more, visit ymcacf.org and follow on Facebook or Instagram.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit blood center responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 250 hospital partners and their patients throughout Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about OneBlood visit www.oneblood.org.