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SunCoast Blood Bank reopens today in desperate need of donations

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SARASOTA, FLORIDA (WWSB) - SunCoast Blood Bank will reopen its doors today in desperate need of Type O-negative blood and electricity.

None of the organizations locations have collected blood in four days, putting the community's supply at risk.

The blood bank said its main location will be operating on generators because there's an urgent need for platelets and all blood types, especially Type O-negative. They will be taking donations between 8 a.m.  and 5 p.m. at 1760 Mound Street in Sarasota.

Most of its other locations are operating on electricity, according to Jayne Giroux.

Those locations and hours of operation are:

Bradenton

6026 14th St. W. (near Target)

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Lakewood Ranch

1731 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. (Corner of LWR Blvd. and SR 64)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venice

Bird Bay Plaza

539 US Hwy 41 Bypass

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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