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Big Red Bus out and about at Outback Steakhouse

Posted at 7:37 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 19:37:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — The need for blood does not stop just because we are in a pandemic. One Blood's Big Red Bus was out on Saturday afternoon, next to the Outback Steakhouse on Raymond Diehl Road, making sure people have a way to donate.

One Blood centers have remained open. Susan Forbes, the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations said they've had a steady number of people across the state donating, but they could still use more help.

Cassie Taylor donated blood in the Big Red Bus on Saturday and is encouraging everyone to do the same. "My grandmother has cancer and she actually motivates us to get out and donate because she's not able and the blood supply is low for her," explained Taylor. "We're not donating for her but in honor of her, I guess. And then, my mom has leukemia so we try to donate as often as we can."

With social distancing guidelines in place, Forbes explained that they've had to get creative to compensate for the fact that many places that are closed have had to cancel their blood drives.

"The big red bus always makes a stop at schools, colleges, and universities and when they closed, those blood drives didn't happen. But, people found a way to continue to help by visiting our donor centers."

She urges anyone who can donate to schedule an appointment.