The American Red Cross jumped into action last week when Hurricane Florence attered the east coast, providing food, shelter and relief. You can now do your part by donating blood or by providing financial support.

Donate blood, the "gift of life." Here's a listing of American Red Cross blood drives coming up in our area:

  • 9/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Deer Isle Stonington High School, 251 North Deer Isle Road
  • 9/22/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Newport Masons, Moosehead Trail
  • 9/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Road
  • 9/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Road, UMO
  • 9/26/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Road, UMO
  • 9/27/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Brewer High School, 79 Parkway South
  • 9/28/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dexter Unitarian Universalist Church, 35 Church Street
  • 9/28/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Eastern Maine Medical Center, 489 State St, Bangor
  • 10/2/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street
  • 10/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Skowhegan Elks Lodge, 21 Silver Street
  • 10/4/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Reeds Brook Middle School, 28 A Main Road South, Hampden
  • 10/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Tarratine Tribe, 153 Main Street, Belfast
  • 10/5/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Milo Town Hall, 6 Pleasant Street
  • 10/5/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Belfast Co-Op, 123 High Street
  • 10/9/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Eastern Maine Community College, 354 Hogan Road, Bangor
  • 10/10/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Mattanawcook Academy, 15 Reed Dr, Lincoln
  • 10/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Vic Firth Avedis Zildjian, 77 High Street, Newport
  • 10/12/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Quirk Chevrolet, 293 Hogan Rd, Bangor
  • 10/13/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boy Scouts/Katadin Council, 45 Camp Roosevelt Road, Eddington

In order to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds of more. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting RedCross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.