Market Shops to host December blood drive

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The Market Shops at the entrance of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the OneBlood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27.

Recently, The Market Shops October Blood Drive resulted in 14 units of blood, which benefited up to 42 patients. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be parked in The Market Shops parking lot, adjacent to U.S. Highway 98.

OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood. Generally healthy people ages 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. A photo ID is required, and all donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening.

Donors will also receive a OneBlood fleece blanket, a free mini iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company, a kid’s scoop of ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, 10% off a purchase at Clean Juice, 10 % off a purchase at Jon Smith Subs, 25 % off a purchase at Pizza by the Sea, and a free sample along with 50% off any drink from Amavida Coffee Roasters located in The Market Shops.

One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated on Dec. 27 will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

Many potential blood donors believe that they cannot donate blood due to medical or other reasons. If you are curious if you are a candidate for donation or to learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit