AUGUSTA, Maine — One of Gov. Paul LePage’s Christmas wishes is for Mainers to give “the gift of life” Friday at blood drives in Portland and Bangor.
“A strong, stable community blood supply is a critical public health issue,” he said in a prepared statement Monday. “We must have a safe and available blood supply, both for Maine’s continuing health needs and to draw upon in times of emergency. One donation can save the lives of up to three people.”
The blood drives are joint operations of the American Red Cross and FairPoint Communications for holiday blood drives in Maine’s largest and third-largest cities. The events will be held simultaneously from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Holiday Inn by The Bay in Portland and the Bangor Elks Lodge.
Donors will receive Red Cross T-shirts and goodie bags, and are eligible to enter a raffle for a slew of portable electronic prizes including laptops, tablets and digital cameras.
“Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year,” said Mary Brant, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, Northern New England Region.