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Lee Health host blood drive to help during shortage

Dozens line up to donate blood for Lee Health
Posted at 12:07 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 00:07:57-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — National blood shortages have local hospitals in desperate need of donors.

Lee Health hosted a blood drive in Fort Myers Sunday morning.

Dozens lined up to help the community.

“If there is anything we can do other than share our toilet paper, we are here to share our blood, ” said Cecilia Gaynor.

Thousands of blood donation centers across the county have been closed temporarily.

Yet the demand continues to increase, local health care providers donated Sunday in solidarity.

“We know that we are stronger together, and that means not just North Collier Hospital and Lee but the entire community, “ said Lee Health President & CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci.

Now more than ever, doctors are scrambling to meet the needs of every patient.

“There is always the need for blood no matter what’s going on in the world, ” said Paula Nassa.

The over sixty donations collected will go towards helping those in need.

“Our cancer patients, our trauma patients, and our surgical patients,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci.

Lee Health says they’ve had an overwhelming response from the community.

“Lee County and SWFL always come together when needed, and right now everybody is stepping up to help, ” said the Chairman of Lee Health’s Board of Directors, David Collins.

Today’s blood drive was filled to capacity.

“I really enjoy helping out the community, and I think its really fantastic that people are here, ” said Garry Dyner.
Lee Health has several blood centers across SWFL, click here for more information on how to get involved.