Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations
The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives. Upcoming blood drive sites are listed below for Waldo and Knox counties.
Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed, the Red Cross said in a Jan. 5 news release. "Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations," the release said. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected, the Red Cross reported.
“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Mary Brant, external communications manager for the Northern New England Region. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”
How to help
Choose a convenient blood drive from the list below and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.
“In about an hour, you can help save someone’s life. This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being,” Brant said.
Monday, Jan. 16, 1 to 6 p.m., Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, East Belfast.
Friday, Jan. 27, noon to 5 p.m., Tarratine Tribe, 153 Main St., Belfast.
Monday, Jan. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity.
Friday, Feb. 3, 1 to 6 p.m., Searsport Lions Clubhouse, 44 Prospect St., Searsport.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 to 6 p.m., Unity Community Market, 368 Thorndike Road,
Saturday, Feb. 11, noon to 5 p.m., Monroe Elementary School, 36 W. Main St., Monroe.
Friday, Jan. 13, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Masonic Hall, 361 Main St., Rockport.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 1 to 6 p.m., American Legion, 335 Limerock St., Rockland.
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Bernards Church, 150 Broadway,
Monday, Feb. 20, noon to 5 p.m., Owls Head Community Building, 224 Ash Point Drive, Owls Head.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 1 to 6 p.m., American Legion, 335 Limerock St., Rockland.
Monday, Feb. 27, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St., Camden.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives.