YMCA hosting blood drives tomorrow
The Plant City Family YMCA and others in the greater Tampa Bay area are hosting blood drives from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday as a team effort with OneBlood.
All who wish to donate must first make an appointment at oneblood.org/ymca or by calling 1-888-936-6283. Donors in Plant City will also get a free COVID-19 antibody test, a free tote bag and a free wellness checkup that includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol checks. The Plant City Family YMCA is located at 1507 YMCA Place.
Plant City to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday
Witches, wizards and Muggles alike are welcome to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday next week with downtown businesses and Plant City Main Street.
The Main Street team will set up at Platform 9 3/4 (the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum) from 12 to 7 p.m. July 31 with plenty of family-friendly, magical fun on hand. There will be photo opportunities, a costume contest and plenty of Potter-themed deals and offerings from many of downtown’s businesses.
Visit the Plant City Main Street Facebook page for more information.
Local McDonald’s restaurants hosting fundraiser
McDonald’s restaurants in the greater Central Florida area are currently raising money for local Ronald McDonald House Charities and families in need.
Drive-thru customers are asked to either round up their bills to the nearest dollar or contribute an amount of either $1, $3 or $5 with their purchase. The fundraiser is expected to help make up for funding the RMHC lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which McDonald’s said “has forced many RMHC houses to close their doors to new patients, their families and many volunteers. Additionally, planned fundraisers had to be cancelled and increased costs for meals, previously donated by volunteers, have created operational budgets to skyrocket.”
“McDonald’s customers have always been critical in raising funds for families staying at local Ronald McDonald Houses while their children receive life-saving medical treatment,” Lisa Suprenand, Executive Director for the RMHC Tampa Bay chapter, said in a press release. “The pandemic hasn’t slowed childhood illness, it has made it more complex.”
The fundraiser is ongoing through August 16.