BANGOR, ME (Dec. 13, 2018) — During this season of giving, the American Red Cross and WABI TV5 invite eligible donors to give the gift of life on Friday, Dec. 21 with a blood donation at one of three locations around Eastern and Central Maine.
The December 21st WABI TV5 blood drives will be held at the following locations:
SeaDog Brewing Company
26 Front Street, Bangor
Hours: noon to 6 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Parish
231 Main Street, Ellsworth
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Senator Inn and Spa
284 Western Ave., Augusta
Hours: 1 to 6 p.m.
The Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. Donations often decline during the holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel but patients still need blood.
“WABI TV5 is proud to support the Red Cross and the communities we live and work in, public service is at the heart of our mission,” said WABI TV5 Vice President and General Manager Kim Lee. “At this most challenging time of the year for blood collection we encourage our viewers to roll up a sleeve with us on Friday, Dec. 21, and help keep the blood supply strong.”
“The Red Cross is grateful for the support of WABI TV5; we are truly a volunteer-based organization starting with our volunteer donors and blood drive sponsors like WABI,” said Patricia Murtagh, CEO of the American Red Cross Maine Region. “Their support during these difficult winter months helps us to assure that blood will always be on the shelves whenever and wherever it is needed.”
To schedule an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter the sponsor code “WABI”; call 1-800-RED CROSS or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App available through the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM.
Presenting donors at the WABI TV5 blood drive will receive a free Red Cross long-sleeve T-shirt.
How to donate blood
Simply 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 donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.