Freedom Boat Club hosts blood drive, free boat rides on Saturday |
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Freedom Boat Club hosts blood drive, free boat rides on Saturday
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For Jacksonville residents, August 13th, is a chance to give back to the community this year.
The Blood Alliance is partnering with the Freedom Boat Club (FBC) to offer local residents a chance to enjoy some relaxing time out on the water and also help save lives. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Julington Creek Marina, FBC will be offering free boat rides on its fleet of clean, new pleasure boats. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., representatives of The Blood Alliance will be on site, taking blood donations.
Julington Creek Marina is located at 12807 San Jose Blvd in Jacksonville.
“We thought this was a great way to encourage people to help others by donating blood and also enjoy a beautiful day out on the water,” said Lisa Almeida of the Freedom Boat Club. “No one is required to donate blood to take advantage of the free boat ride but we wanted to provide that opportunity as a way of saying ‘thanks’ to people who come out to support the effort.”
The Metro Diner, a popular restaurant which is right in front of the marina will be giving 10% off that day to those people who donate. “We like to support the community and be a part of this important need, it was our way to participate in the drive”, stated Scott Stegmeir, manager of the Julington location.
The Blood Alliance will be giving a cooler, and a Free Wellness screening, which includes blood pressure, iron count, cholesterol, temperature, and pulse.
The Blood Alliance began in 1942 as the Jacksonville Blood Bank. It is a non-profit community blood bank that works to ensure that there is an ample supply of blood to meet the needs of local patients. The Blood Alliance is the sole provider of transfusable blood products to all local hospitals in northeast Florida, and portions of Georgia and South Caroline. The Blood Alliance wanted to try to reach some new people who may not have donated before, by being at the Marina, and Freedom Boat Club agreed to invite all their members to participate.
The Freedom Boat Club, which began in 1989, is the nation’s oldest and largest boat club, which 68 locations. It is devoted to providing affordable, hassle-free boating to its members.
· The Blood Alliance on the web: igiveblood.com.
· Freedom Boat Club on the web: freedomboatclub.com.
· For more information about Saturday’s event, call Lisa Almeida at (904) 588-2417.