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Fernandina Pirates or Fernandina Vampires?

The Fernandina Pirates organized enough blood donations to place second in our region; the Jacksonville Jaguars placed first.

Fernandina Pirates or Fernandina Vampires?With the help of new friends and loyal blood donors, the Fernandina Pirates Club spilled more blood than ever, thanks to The Loop Pizza Grill, and The Journey Church for sharing their parking lot and permitting these Skallywags to collect a record breaking 101 units of blood in January!

We may to start calling the Fernandina Pirates, The Fernandina Vampires, because in 2010 and 2011, this group of volunteers organized enough blood donations to place second in our region; the Jacksonville Jaguars placed first. (We are waiting to hear the results for 2012.)

The Pirates will continue their quest to replace the Jacksonville Jaguars as the number one organization in the region to collect donations of blood for the Georgia Florida Blood Alliance, and in 2013, Pirates, Pints and Prizes will be held bi-monthly on Amelia Island and at Pecan Park Flea Market in Jacksonville, Florida.

This Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Pirates Club’s blood drive will be held inside the banquet hall at the American Legion Post #54, located at 626 S. 3rd Street (at the corner of Gum and 3rd Streets). These Blood Drives have become so popular in our community they have outgrown the ability to accommodate donors on the mobile buses!

This blood drive will be from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, and the American Legion Squadron 54 and the Men’s Auxiliary Post 4351 will be providing free lunch and beverages for those that donate. Post 54 members encourage you to tour their facility while you are there and inquire about membership requirements or potential rentals of their banquet hall for special occasions.

Also on February 23 the Bloodmobile will be located at the farmers’ market on N. 7th Street, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Pirates will be about entertaining children and adults alike, and pets are welcome so bring your Scurvey Dogs and celebrate International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

The Blood Alliance is a non-profit community blood bank designed to ensure our community has an ample supply of blood, sufficient to meet the needs of local patients. To fulfill these needs, there are thirteen community donor centers, and twelve mobile units designed to support blood drives at businesses, churches, schools, civic groups, military, and community locations. They are the only provider of transfusable blood products to all local hospitals in Northeast Florida, and portions of Georgia and South Carolina.

For more information about Pirates, Pints and Prizes, please visit FernandinaPirates.com.

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