LifeSouth faces emergency need for blood donors!!

LifeSouth faces emergency need for blood donors

1241 S. Lecanto Hwy

Lecanto, FL 34461

352- 527-3061

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers faces emergency need for all blood types, and encourages the community to donate blood.

Summer is historically a slow time for blood donations due to travel and school breaks, while the need to help patients in local hospitals remains constant. This summer continues to be a challenge not only to LifeSouth, but also to blood centers across the country.

“Donations have decreased exceptionally this summer, and patients at our hospitals are depending on donors to give blood,” said LifeSouth District Director, Ed Keith.

LifeSouth encourages donors to come in to one of their donor centers or find a blood drive location on their website, First time donors are always welcome and encouraged to give blood donation a try. All donors are important to help meet the needs of the local blood supply.

LifeSouth only uses the word “emergency” when the reserve supply to restock area hospitals drops below a two-day level. All blood types are needed, especially negative blood types and O negative, which is the universal donor and can be used by all patients in an emergency. Platelet donations are also critically needed now.

“Patients at our hospitals depend on blood donors to survive. We need the help of our donors and new donors today,” Keith said.

All donors receive a thank you gift, and a mini-physical, including blood pressure, temperature, iron level and cholesterol screen.

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed. LifeSouth’s donor center in Lecanto is located at 1241 S. Lecanto Hwy. LifeSouth’s bloodmobiles will also be out at many locations in coming days (see attachment for schedule of upcoming blood drives). For additional information call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit

Blood Mobil will be out and about so that you can donate!

Friday, August 25

GTE Financial

5700 N. Suncoast Blvd. Crystal River

11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.



1936 N. Lecanto Hwy Lecanto

4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.


Saturday, August 26

Homosassa Lions Club

3705 S. Indiana Tr. Homosassa

8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.


Winn-Dixie Market

3792 S. Suncoast Blvd. Homosassa

1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.


Sunday, August 27

St. Benedicts Catholic Church

455 S. Suncoast Blvd. Crystal River

7:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.



3826 S. Suncoast Blvd. Homosassa

2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.


Monday, August 28

College of Central Florida

3800 S. Lecanto Hwy. Lecanto

10:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.





2461 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy Inverness

5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.


Tuesday, August 29


1936 N. Lecanto Hwy Lecanto

10:00a.m. to 1:30p.m.



4127 Norvell Bryant Hwy. Lecanto

2:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.


Wednesday, August 30

Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center

6201 N. Suncoast Blvd. Crystal River

7:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.



1936 N. Lecanto Hwy Lecanto

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.


VFW Post 10087

2170 W. Veterans Ln. Beverly Hills

4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.


Thursday, August 31

Coastal Region Library

8619 W. Crystal St. Crystal River

10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.



1936 N. Lecanto Hwy Lecanto

2:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.


Friday, September 1


2461 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy Inverness

11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.


Saturday, September 2

Citrus County Gator Club

Beef O Brady’s

6738 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River

11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.


Sunday, September 3

Breakfast Station

3593 N. Lecanto Hwy Beverly Hills

8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.


Lowe’s Home Center

2301 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Inverness

11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.


Monday, September 4

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. Homosassa

9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.


Tuesday, September 5

Citrus County Detention Center

2604 W. Woodland Ridge Dr. Lecanto

9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.



2461 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Inverness

2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.


Wednesday, September 6

Forest Ridge Senior Residences

2757 N. Forest Ridge Blvd.

10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.



1936 N. Lecanto Hwy. Lecanto

2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.



Thursday, September 7


2461 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Inverness

10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.


Domino’s Pizza

213 Highlands Blvd. Inverness

1:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.