(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.”