Blood donations encouraged

PORTLAND — The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

• Sugarloaf Inn, 5092 Access Road, noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, Carrabassett Valley

• Rangeley Town Hall, noon-5 p.m., Wednesday, 15 School St., Rangeley

• American Legion, noon-5 p.m., Wednesday, 400 Eastern Ave, Augusta

• Penney Memorial Church, 1-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, 35 Grove St., Augusta

• Belgrade Center for All Seasons, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, 1 Center Drive, Belgrade

• Ice Vault of Maine Hallowell, noon-5 p.m., Thursdsay, Aug. 28, 203 Whitten Road, Hallowell

• Franklin Memorial Hospital, noon-6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, 1 Hospital Drive, Farmington

• Tractor Supply Augusta, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, 420 Civic Center Drive, Augusta

To donate blood, call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

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