The Leesburg Public Library will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 23.
OneBlood, formerly known as Florida’s Blood Centers, will be at the library at 100 E. Main St. in Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors will receive a free Fandango movie ticket redeemable online as well as a $5 coupon toward any two entrees at Outback Steakhouse and another coupon for a Chick-fil-A sandwich.
Donate blood two times between June 1 and Sept. 30 and receive a free steak dinner courtesy of Outback. All donors will be entered into a drawing to win Outback meals for a year. ALYX donors (double red cells) receive a $10 gift card by mail.
Guitarist Tom LaVenia will perform at the library at 2 p.m. LaVenia has played his warm, romantic, jazzy solo guitar from Florida to New York, coast to coast, in some of the finest resorts, hotels and restaurants. His repertoire includes the great American standards, famous Latin pieces and tasteful pop tunes.
Photo identification is required for donations. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds or more. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids prior to donation.
A single blood donation can help to save the lives of up to three people. Most donations are supplied to local hospitals and medical facilities within two to three days. Some blood also can assist rescue efforts from natural disasters and other emergencies around the country. For more information, contact OneBlood at (352) 728-1223 or visit www.oneblood.org.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.