March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is ask Mainers to join it in providing help and hope to people in need.

Founded by Clara Barton in 1881 after being inspired by the humanitarian concepts of the Swiss-based international Red Cross movement, the American Red Cross today reaches virtually all segments of our society.

The Red Cross works tirelessly to help those who need assistance, whether down the street, across the country, or around the world.

When people help with a gift of time, blood donation or financial gift, they join the Red Cross. Supporters’ generosity helps ensure the Red Cross is able to continue its services to those who need them. Thanks to them, the Red Cross is there when needed most.

With less than 5 percent of the public giving blood on a regular basis, the Red Cross walks a fine line between supply and demand. Committed blood donors, dedicated blood drive sponsors and steadfast community volunteers make the difference between plentiful blood supplies and shortages.

As a board member of the American Red Cross Blood Services Northern New England Region, I invite everyone to please give blood, encourage others to become blood donors and enable us to continue our work helping patients who rely on blood transfusions.

Gail H. Gibson

Norridgewock

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