To help combat blood shortages being reported by blood banks across the United Sttes, governors in many states have honored the request of Dr. Daliah Wachs, syndicated radio host and family physician, and the American Red Cross, United Blood Services, and other blood collection organizations to proclaim a state Blood Donation Day Sept.10.

Maine's Blood Donation Day will be Sept. 10. National Blood Donation Week is Sept. 4 through 10. Other states with Blood Donation Days now include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michican, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont.

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