May 27, 2018
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Blood-donor recruitment team gives blood, too

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor American Red Cross recruitment team — Trudy Darling, Robin Lindsey and Lisa Frazzell — are blood donors.

Trudy Darling, account executive, marketing and media, joined the American Red Cross in 2004. She is responsible for donor recruitment efforts at the American Red Cross Donor Center at 900 Hammond St.

Darling works with the local media to promote and educate the public on the Red Cross’ mission. The public is invited to contact Darling at 941-2900, Ext. 11, if they have ideas that may assist the agency with its mission of keeping a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in need.

Robin Lindsey joined the American Red Cross in 2006 as a donor recruitment representative and recently was promoted to account executive.

She is responsible for accounts in Aroostook, Hancock, Washington, Piscataquis and parts of Penobscot counties. She brings 20 years of experience in the field of operations management to her position at the American Red Cross Blood Services. Her phone number is at 941-2900, ext. 13.

Lisa Frazzell, donor recruitment representative, partners with sponsors and communities from Belfast to Jackman. Frazzell is a recent graduate with a degree in communications from the University of Maine and works with organizations wishing to sponsor a blood drive.

The Maine American Red Cross recruitment team is responsible for collecting some 300 pints of blood per weekday throughout the state. To accomplish this it has four or five mobile blood drives going each day, in addition to weekend blood drives in the area.

The Bangor American Red Cross travels as far away as Fort Kent to bring blood to patients in need.

It is imperative that people donate regularly in order to keep Maine hospitals supplied with blood and blood products.

The American Red Cross believes in Blood without Borders, and its mission is to have blood available for anyone in need, anywhere, anytime.

Some donors give blood many times, and most say they have done it just because it’s the right thing to do.

A donor named William, who has donated 158 pints of blood, said, “I believe people who can donate should do so — it just gives you a good feeling.”

A donor named Dr. Harris, who has donated 142 pints of life-saving blood, said, “I’m lucky to be a donor and not a recipient.”

On Veterans Day some of the life-time donors were honored as local heroes by displaying their personal stories about why they have been lifetime donors.

The American Red Cross blood donor center is located at 900B Hammond St. It is open for blood donations:

• 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays.

• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays.

Call toll-free at 800-448-3543 or 941-2900 for information or to make an appointment.

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