The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood in September. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and platelets can be donated every two weeks. The American Red Cross maintains that donating blood is a community responsibility and all must work together to make sure blood is available whenever a patient needs it.
Blood drives are held across Maine throughout the month; to find a blood drive near you or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include the following towns.
Mason Columbia 149 Lodge at 281 Pritham Avenue in Greenville on Wednesday, September 3rd from 1 to 6 PM.
Newport Cultural Center at 154 Main Street in Newport also on Wednesday, September 3rd from 10 AM to 3 PM.
First Church of the Nazarene at 31 East Madison Road in Skowhegan from 1 to 6 PM on Thursday, September 4th.
United Methodist Church of Dover-Foxcroft on Tuesday, September 9th from 10 AM to 3 PM. The church is located at 156 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.
If you are unable to make any of these locations and would like to donate simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.