With Hurricane Ian in the Caribbean Sea, days away from striking the western tip of Cuba and the Southwest Coast of Florida, the Palmetto Bay Policing Unit hosted a blood drive on Sept. 22 at Village Hall, in partnership with OneBlood centers.
The annual event, which had been planned well before the monster storm developed, was promoted by village officials through email newsletters and their website. Incentives offered included a $20 eGift Card, a First Responder T-Shirt and a Wellness Checkup (blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening).
Appointments were not required for the four-hour event, although they were encouraged.
The Mobile Blood Donation Center parked at Village Hall on E. Hibiscus Street. Officer Peter Judge, Community Outreach Officer for the village, organized the event and was one of those donating blood.
Robert Treadwell, the village’s public information officer, said there were five successful donors.
“A few more people showed up to donate but were not able to after the initial testing because of iron deficiencies and other health issues,” Treadwell said.
The event is likely to be repeated next year.
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