2017-10-23 / Local

Local blood donation opportunities available

The Times Record

BRUNSWICK

The American Red Cross is holding several local blood drives next month.

“With the busy holiday season approaching, The American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter,” according to a Red Cross press release. ““Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients.”

Locally, blood can be donated in:

• Brunswick: Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southern Maine Comm College Brunswick, 12 Sewall St. BLDG 512, Orion Hall; Nov. 8, 3-8 p.m., Bowdoin College, 8 Polar Loop, Morrell Lounge BLDG.

• Freeport: Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Tree Academy, 67 Pownal Road

• Bath: Nov. 14, noon to 5 p.m., American Legion, 200 Congress Ave.

• Richmond: Nov. 7, 1:30- 6:30 p.m., Richmond American Legion, 10 Carding Machine Road

How to donate blood

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using Rapid- Pass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the he American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver blood products to local hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

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