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Zonta to hold blood drive as part of anniversary events

By Staff | Jan 6, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Delegates from the nine Zonta Charter Clubs who met in Buffalo, New York, on Nov. 8, 1919.

As a gift of service to the community and in honor of Zonta’s 100th anniversary, the Southwest Florida Zonta clubs are jointly hosting blood drives in January in partnership with Lee Health Blood Center.

The Sanibel-Captiva drive is set for Jan. 7 and Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater, at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. The public can participate; no appointment is necessary.

Zonta International was founded in Buffalo, New York, in 1919, with a vision to help all women achieve greater equality while using their individual and collective expertise in service to their communities. Their vision grew to become a global presence with more than 29,000 members in 63 countries, working together to make gender equality a reality for women and girls worldwide.

“We are pleased to be able to organize a community blood drive at a critical time of the year, when supplies tend to be low,” Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva President Judy Langley said. “Our club will be joined by Zonta clubs in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and Naples, at different times and locations, and we encourage islanders to participate in any way that is convenient.”

For anyone who cannot attend the Sanibel drive, donors are welcome at the Zonta events in Bonita Springs or Naples on Jan. 10, Fort Myers on Jan. 11 and Cape Coral on Jan. 18. For more information on the specific times and locations, contact the Lee Health Blood Center at 239-343-2333.