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Pinellas County stands with Orlando, schedules blood drives

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Charlie JusticePinellas County officials sent condolences and love to the city of Orlando and all the families impacted by the worst mass murder in American history.

Florida, they said, is one community and an attack on one city is an attack on each of us.

“Pinellas joins with our friends throughout Florida in standing with the people of Orlando,” said Charlie Justice, chairman of the Pinellas County Commission. “We stand resolute on principles of equality, freedom, justice and love. We will not retreat. We will keep moving forward. Today, we can all join together in a blood donation in honor of those who cannot.”

In response to depleted blood supply in the Orlando area, Pinellas County is partnering with OneBlood to host two blood drives, the first from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater. The second is 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Pinellas County Utilities building, 14 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.

The general public is encouraged to join county employees in this effort.

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