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    How to help

    By Times staff

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 12, 2001


    Here are some blood donation sites and relief efforts around the Tampa Bay area seeking donors, volunteers and contributions.

    Florida Blood Services will hold two special blood drives from 8 a.m to 8 p.m at Legends Field in Tampa and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

    Bloodmobiles will also make several stops:

    Hillsborough

    Durant High School (faculty and students only), 8383 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

    MacDill Air Force Base SOCOM, (personnel only), 7701 Tampa Point Blvd., Tampa, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

    MacDill Air Force Base -- 6 OSS, Building P54, Tampa, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    TECO Energy (employees only), 78th Street at Palm River (Building B), Tampa, 1:30-5 p.m.

    TECO Energy, Zack and Franklin streets (TECO Plaza), Tampa, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

    USF Flea Market, Elm Street at Maple Street, Tampa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Verizon, 6550 Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Pinellas

    Household Home Health, 2739 U.S. 19, Suite 500, Holiday, 9 a.m.-noon.

    Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, 1:30-5 p.m.

    Hospice of St. Petersburg, 5639 49th St. N, St. Petersburg, noon-5 p.m.

    Lakewood Senior High School, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Rotary Club of West St. Petersburg at Pasadena Yacht Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd., St. Petersburg, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

    Pasco

    Cotee River Elementary, 7515 Plathe Road, New Port Richey, 8-10 a.m.

    Gills Family YMCA, 2228 Trinity Oaks Blvd., New Port Richey, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Other FBS locations Hillsborough

    5301 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa.

    723-B West Lumsden, Brandon (at Kings Avenue, Oak Park Plaza).

    1902 Jim Redman Parkway, Plant City (Strawberry Plaza).

    St. Joseph's Hospital, 3003 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa (Medical Arts Building, second floor).

    Tampa General Hospital, Davis Islands, 2 Columbia Drive, Tampa (in Harbour Side Medical Towers).

    Pinellas

    10100 Dr. M.L King (Ninth) St. N, St. Petersburg (at Gandy Boulevard).

    1682 S Missouri Ave., Clearwater.

    6088 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park (at 60th Street).

    11401 Belcher Road, Largo.

    Pasco

    7214 State Road 52, Hudson.

    Colonial Medical Center, 5622 Marine Parkway No. 25, New Port Richey (half-mile east of U.S. 19).

    * * *

    People wishing to donate blood are asked to be patient, as there may be delays. For more information, call 1-800-68-BLOOD (682-5663) toll-free; or in Hillsborough, (813) 632-5433; in Pinellas, (727) 568-5433; in Pasco, (727) 819-5433. The Web address is www.fbsblood.org.

    * * *

    Health care workers, licensed mental health counselors or therapists who would like to volunteer to help the victims of Tuesday's attack can call their local Red Cross chapter for further training. The regional headquarters, based in Tampa, can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-741-1444.

    "Mass care and mental health counselors are going to be needed," said Janet McGuire, marketing and public affairs director for the Red Cross' Tampa Bay Chapter, which hopes to begin sending volunteers to New York today.

    * * *

    Individuals and corporations wishing to donate to the United Way National Response Fund to assist victims and their families can log on to www.uwopc.org or contact the United Way of Hillsborough at (813) 274-0900 or the United Way of Pinellas at (727) 535-3545. Contributions can be mailed to the United Way of Pinellas, 18401 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764, or the United Way of Hillsborough at 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 800, Tampa, FL 33602. Checks should be made payable to United Way National Response Fund.

    - Compiled by Times staff writers Tamara Lush and Sue Carlton.

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