BANGOR, Maine — The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
— 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 24, Camden National Bank, 1083 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.
— 1-6 p.m. July 25, Friend and Friend, 227 State St., Ellsworth.
— 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28, Hollywood Casino, 500 Main St., Bangor.
— 2-7 p.m. July 29, Cherryfield American Legion Hall, 8 Main St., Cherryfield.
— 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 29, Mount Desert Island YWCA, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor.
— Noon-5 p.m. July 30, University of Maine Sennett Hall, 9 Obrien Ave., Machias.
— 1-6 p.m. July 30, Saint Vincent de Paul Church, 158 Franklin St., Bucksport.
— 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Bangor Blood Donation Center, 900B Hammond St., Bangor.
Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.