Bangor hosts Red Cross blood drive in time of need (WABI)

(WABI) BANGOR, Maine — The American Red Cross and LifeFlight of Maine partnered today to provide a very important gift this holiday season.

Their blood drive took place at the Anah Shrine Temple in Bangor.

Organizers said turnout was strong despite the snowy weather – and it’s a good thing, too.

The Red Cross is experiencing critically low levels of blood right now.

It doesn’t take much to make a difference – organizers say one person’s donation of one pint helps three patients. More than 35 people donated today – meaning more than 100 will be helped by today’s drive alone. Even if you cannot give blood – you can still help by volunteering or giving financially.

”It is really great that LifeFlight is putting on this blood drive, just because it’s coming at such a crucial time with the holidays, and everyone celebrating with their family and friends,” said Jackie Gershman-Mannocchi, account manager at Bangor Red Cross.

“What’s going on with the Red Cross is we’re actually experiencing our lowest blood supply.”

“We need [blood] all the time,” said LifeFlight of Maine nurse Denise Saucier. “In the hospital – they’re using it every single day. There are many reasons why people receive blood, and it is done daily.”

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