Blood Donations Of All Types Needed In Eastern Maine
The American Red Cross is urging folks of all all races and ethnicities to donate, to create a blood supply just as diverse as they are.
We found the following story from an American Red Cross press release especially touching:
Eight-year-old AJ Torres requires blood transfusions to treat complications from sickle cell disease, the most common genetic disease in the U.S. The disease is most common among people of African descent or Latino descent, like AJ, and can sometimes cause small blood vessels to become blocked. Diverse donors are important to ensuring AJ has the blood products he needs to regain his health.
“Within minutes of receiving a blood transfusion, I watch his strength be restored, pain vanish and energy return. Soon he transforms back to himself – a rambunctious little boy,” said his mom, Caira Torres. “If an 8-year-old can withstand a needle, so can you.”
Blood of all types is urgently needed everyday here in Eastern Maine, so the American Red Cross in our section of the state has set up the following blood drives to help out.
Bangor - 10/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Quirk Chevorlet, 293 Hogan Rd, and on 9/24/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., SeaDog Brewing Co., 26 Front St
Belfast - 10/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Tarratine Tribe, 153 Main Street
Brewer - 10/3/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Brewer Rehabilitation, 74 Parkway South
Blue Hill - 10/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Parker Ridge, 63 Parker Ridge
Deer Isle - 10/3/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Deer Isle Stongington High School, 251 North Deer Isle Road
Eddington - 10/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Boy Scouts/Katadin Council, 45 Camp Roosevelt Road
Ellsworth - 10/15/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Down East Family YMCA, 238 State Street
Machias - 10/4/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Machias Savings Bank Machias, 4 Center Street
Orono - 10/1/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Road, and on 10/2/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Road
Rockland - 9/26/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Rockland, 335 Limerock Street, and also on 9/27/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockport -10/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Camden National Bank Rockport, 245 Commercial Street
Unity - 10/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Unity Community Market, 368 Thorndike Road
Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.