Sunday, December 17, 2017
Health

Blood donation sites, week of Oct. 27

LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations this week.

Today: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lizzie T's Coffee House, 7635 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Walmart, 1485 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Timber Pines Clubhouse (closed community); 6 to 8:30 p.m., Sam's Club, 13360 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; 9 p.m. to midnight, GameStop, 13367 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Tuesday: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., HPH Hospice, 12260 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Walmart, 1485 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 1 to 5 p.m., Brooksville Health Care Center, 1114 Chatman Blvd., Brooksville.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Lakewood Plaza, 4365 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Walmart, 7305 Broad St., Brooksville.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., My Gynecologist, 11175 County Line Road, Spring Hill; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Walmart, 7305 Broad St., Brooksville; 2:30 to 5 p.m., PineBrook Regional Medical Center, 14540 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville; 5 to 8 p.m., Christian Life Assembly of God, 13065 Jacqueline Road, Spring Hill.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Walmart, 7305 Broad St., Brooksville.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill; 1 to 4 p.m., Heron Pointe Health Care Center, 1445 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

Nov. 3: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m., Dayspring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill; 1 to 4:30 p.m., Walmart, 7305 Broad St., Brooksville; 2 to 4 p.m., Publix, 4158 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The blood center, at 12395 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent). All donors must present photo identification. For information, call (352) 596-2002.

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