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Council drives blood donation initiative

March 27, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Community Council is reaching out to other local agencies including Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, Lee County Sheriff's Department and Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District to co-sponsor a blood drive on May 5.

The blood drive was initiative brought to the council by newly elected Council President Chuck Edwards.

"Currently Lee County and Southwest Florida as a whole are facing blood deficits and desperately need blood. We are still working on a location, but we are talking with the Lee County Sheriff's (Office) about setting up in front of their Lehigh station on Homestead," said Edwards.

According to state officials, the lack of blood is primarily due to a high volume of patients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents here in Southwest Florida. The need for O negative blood type is the highest. The particular blood type helps trauma patients as well as transfusions for cancer patients.

"We chose to work with OneBlood this time. Every donation of blood will benefit three people. This group is one of the largest suppliers to the VA hospitals. Our goal is set at 50 people. We know some people are not sure whether they can donate or not so we plan to post the requirements on our website," said Edwards.

The blood donated during the drive will not only help serve local emergency rooms and hospitals, but other areas including; North Port Emergency Room, Englewood Community Hospital, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, and many other area medical facilities.

"This blood drive also ties in with our new initiative, a council that is more tied in with the other local agencies," said Edwards.

The council also adopted a road as part of its community outreach.

"Our next adopt a road clean-up will be on Saturday, April 27, at 8 a.m. We adopted a stretch of road that includes 1st St. Southwest down to 12th on Sunshine Blvd. Clean ups will be held monthly," said Vice President Tyler Woodby. "We have made an alignment with the Lee County day program. They're coming to help, but we still need more volunteers."

An adopt a road clean-up Facebook event sign-up page will be posted next month where people can sign up to volunteer their time.

According to Edwards, the council prrepared a parade float for the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival.

"We wanted to have more of a presence this year during the festival. We are about 90 percent finished with the float," said Edwards before the Saturday, March 23, event.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council's meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the LCSO East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N. Council meeting dates will change effective May 2019 to the first Monday of each month. Those who would like more information on council meetings or the next clean up event can visit



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