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Hillsborough Sheriff Holds Blood Drive for Hurricane Dorian Victims

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Hurricane Dorian forced the closure of blood donations centers and the cancellation of blood drives throughout Florida and all along the east coast of the U.S., causing a decrease in blood donations.

YBOR CITY – In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is hosting a blood drive to help replenish supplies at donations sites across the region.

Hurricane Dorian forced the closure of blood donations centers and the cancellation of blood drives throughout Florida and all along the east coast of the U.S.for nearly a week, causing a decrease in blood donations.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with OneBlood to host a blood drive dubbed “Operation Dorian Donations” from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today (Sept. 10) in Ybor City in front of the HCSO Freddie Solomon Annex Building, 1900 E Ninth Ave.

Donations of all blood types are being accepted. Donors can skip the line and reserve a donation time by going to oneblood.org.

“After a major hurricane, we all think about donating things like water and food to people affected, but donating blood is just as important,” Chronister said. “Donating is very simple. By just sitting down and
getting your blood drawn, you can save several lives in a matter of minutes.”

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