Villagers show huge support for Parrot Heads blood drive

Members of The Villages Parrot Head Club collected a whopping 255 pints – close to 32 gallons – during a blood drive Monday at Villages Fire Station 44.

Bill Barger and Bob Alosi donate blood in the Big Red Bus.

The drive was one of the many successful campaigns the charity-minded group has put on over the years in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

In fact, since January, the Parrot Heads have brought in about 58 gallons of blood – all in an effort to help One Blood keep up with the growing needs of the community.

The next Parrot Heads blood drive will be Sept. 11 at Station 44, located at Morse Boulevard and Pinellas Place. That date holds a special meaning for firefighters and all first-responders as they remember the many who lost their lives the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Members of the Parrot Heads are asking everyone in the community to make a special effort to donate that day in remembrance of those brave public servants.