When O.K. Fike and Dr. Millard White founded the Lower West Coast Blood Bank in February 1949, they planted the seeds of a humanitarian idea that would blossom over five decades. For more than 60 years, tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers, just like you, have helped to provide the critical life-saving gift of blood to our local hospitals and patients.
On February 14, SunCoast Blood Centers celebrated 70 years of providing a safe and reliable source of blood products and services to patients in need. In 1949 the blood bank collected 551 pints of blood, now called “units." Today, more than 1,000 blood drives are held annually and more than 40,000 units of blood are collected. The success of this organization has relied completely on the generosity of its loyal donors. Thank you for your continued support of our lifesaving mission.
Now known as SunCoast Blood Centers, we will continue to address challenges by providing our donors with state of the art collection and testing instruments that maximize blood donor and recipient safety and comfort. The success of this organization has relied completely on the generosity of its steadfast donors.
SunCoast Blood Centers is a registered 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation supported by hundreds of individuals, corporations, and foundations. All gifts to SCBB are fully tax-deductible as outlined by the IRS. Our Federal Tax ID number is 59-0873275.