Butler Enterprises a friend to LifeSouth
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 9:57 p.m.
During the holidays, when schools and businesses are closed, often the best place for LifeSouth to collect blood is in the shopping centers and malls.
The Oaks Mall, owned by General Growth Properties based in Chicago, will not allow blood drives inside the mall or anywhere on their property, despite the fact that businesses that lease Oaks Mall space are willing to have blood drives.
In direct contrast, on New Year's Eve, LifeSouth collected 101 pints of blood at three blood drives hosted by Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Lowe's, all at Butler Plaza developments on Archer Road.
Even on the busiest shopping days of the year, Butler Enterprises and the businesses located there welcomed our bloodmobiles.
And this holiday season, as controversy arose over blocking the "bell ringers" like The Salvation Army from collecting money at some stores, the familiar red buckets and bells could be found at Butler Plaza.
Butler Plaza provides a lifeline for our blood supply and many other community organizations in Alachua County.
It speaks to the power of local ownership and the commitment to our community that comes with it.
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