San Pedro Red Cross hosts most successful Blood Drive of the Year

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSP) held yet another successful blood drive on Saturday, October 3rd. Many community members turned out to donate blood at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II and by the end of the day, 34 pints of blood had been collected. Community volunteers helped make the process go smoothly as they greeted donors, handed out juice and cookies, directed traffic and even collected donations on the street.Red Cross San Pedro Blood Drive-3
It was a busy blood drive, as a steady stream of donors kept the clinic personnel busy from 9AM to 7PM. The BRCSP branch was able to collect 34 pints of blood for the San Pedro blood reserve to be held at the Belize Blood Bank in Belize City. The San Pedro blood reserve is available to any island resident or visitor in need of it.Red Cross San Pedro Blood Drive-5
Monetary donations collected on the street side amounted to just over $300. These funds will benefit both BRCSP to further their outreach community programs as well as the San Pedro Cancer Society. As part of the event, BRCSP also hosted a raffle among the donors. Moncho Acosta won the opportunity to participate in a first aid training while Sandy Point Resorts won an industry first aid kit.

BRCSP sends heartfelt thanks to all donors for making this blood drive so successful. A big thank you goes out to those businesses that encouraged their employees to come out and donate, and major thanks goes out to all sponsors: The Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, Tropic Air, Ramon’s Village Resort, El Fogon, Marbucks, SP Hardware, Caye Coffee and Coco Loco’s.
The next blood drive will be held in January 2016. Everyone is encouraged to donate, because “It’s in you to give!”

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