'Change a Life, Save a Life' donation collaboration continues

FCCI Insurance Group hosts most recent Goodwill Manasota, SunCoast Blood Bank partnership event

Published Monday, November 18, 2019


LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL - Goodwill Manasota and the SunCoast Blood Bank continued their partnership - which launched in September at PGT in North Venice - called "Change a Life, Save a Life." They brought their respective collection vehicles, the "Giving Mobile" and the "Bloodmobile," to the FCCI Insurance Group headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, where employees and the general public donated gently-used items to Goodwill and critically-needed units of blood to SunCoast Blood Bank.

"A positive advantage of this collaboration is that when you donate to Goodwill you are creating jobs immediately. When you donate to the Blood Bank, you have the opportunity to save three lives," said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. "Through Change a Life, Save a Life, your donation is multiplied over and over, and helps others in this community.

The partners are holding at least one "Change a Life, Save a Life" event each month, with the next scheduled outreach effort, in partnership with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, taking place at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center on December 13th. They are seeking additional businesses and community areas to host donation events in the future.

For more information or to inquire about becoming a “Change a Life, Save a Life” location, call 941-355-2721, ext. 163 or email pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org.

PHOTO ID: In attendance during the November "Change a Life, Save a Life" event were (from l-r) Good Willy, FCCI employee and Goodwill Ambassador Stanley Eding, Goodwill community outreach manager Pavitra Ciavardone, SunCoast Blood Bank volunteer coordinator Joan Leonard and vice president of community relations Vivian Quinones-Solano, FCCI board member, executive vice president and chief administrative officer Lisa Krouse, and Blood Buddy

About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.

About SunCoast Blood Bank SunCoast Blood Bank is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing a reliable supply of safe blood products and services to our community for 70 years. SunCoast provides 100 percent of the blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital and DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Recognized for its outstanding service, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce honored SunCoast as the 2017 Non-profit of the Year. SunCoast participates in cancer treatment programs, research and provides therapeutic services at the hospitals it serves. For donor locations and more information, visit www.scbb.org or call 1-866-97-BLOOD.