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Blood drive donors Needed

Posted Oct. 23, 2012, at 9:43 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 23, 2012, at 10:08 a.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The Waldo County General Hospital Aid will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive 2-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26,  at the Masonic Lodge Hall next to the Shrine Club on the corner of Northport Avenue and Wight Street.

Giving blood is easy and completely safe. The complete process from registration to relaxing at the canteen is usually about one hour. The Red Cross has guidelines to protect both the donor and potential recipient of blood products. You must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and show a valid I.D. There are waiting periods to donate blood for people who have experienced pregnancy, major surgery, immunizations, tattoos or residency in a foreign country.

All presenting donors in October will have a chance to win a 7-day cruise for two departing from Boston to Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn.

The goal of this blood drive is to collect 60 units of blood to replenish supplies and to help patients in need. Support your community and your local hospital with the gift of life.

To make an appointment for the October 26th blood drive, please call 1-800-RED CROSS. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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