The Blood Alliance celebrates 70th anniversary
The Florida Times-Union
The Blood Alliance celebrates its 70th anniversary on Friday as the sole provider of blood to more than 40 hospitals in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
The agency was founded during World War II when the Florida Defense Council urged development of “blood banks” to serve cities with military facilities. The Jacksonville Blood Bank was chartered in March 1942, and grew by the 1970’s to include two mobile blood collection trailers and four donor centers. In the early 1980s, an Orange Park center was added on Kingsley Avenue.
The Blood Alliance became its new name in 2007 to reflect expanded operations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The agency now has 13 fixed sites and 12 bloodmobiles with 370 full-time and 9 part-time employees.
Last year, they collected blood from more than 50,500 donors and shipped 198,000 units of red cells, plasma and platelets to area hospitals.
For more information on donation sites or to schedule a donation, go to www.igiveblood.com, or use The Blood Alliance’s free iDon8 app for iPhones and Droids.
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